2019 They Ate What?! X-ray Contest winners

You can’t help but marvel and shake your head a little when checking out the X-rays we get every year as part of our They Ate What?! Contest. You’ve got to wonder what an animal is thinking when they swallow an object whole, especially the long pointy ones (think fishing poles and forks). This year’s entries didn’t fail to deliver in the wild and wacky department, which made choosing a winner especially challenging …

Administering fluids per rectum

In equine practice, administration of fluids is sometimes necessary for conditions such as colic, heat exhaustion, dehydration, or shock.

AVMA welcomes passage of agriculture spending bill

AVMA is applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of an agricultural spending bill, which increases annual funding for the veterinary medicine loan repayment program (VMLRP) to $9 million.

Norbrook Laboratories voluntarily recalls veterinary injectable drug products

Norbrook Laboratories is recalling 34 lots of veterinary injectable drug products over concerns related to sterility assurance.

The U.K.-based company says products tested, released, and distributed within the U.S. were manufactured on an aseptic line, which did not pass process simulation tests. The recall was made as a precautionary measure, as according to Norbrook, no batches of product have been identified to contain microorganisms.

The following products have been recalled:

Carprieve Injection, CarproJect Injection, …

Joint inflammation: Corticosteroids and other management strategies

Working horses are commonly diagnosed with, and are treated for, acute or chronic joint inflammation. For many decades, intra-articular (IA) injections of corticosteroids have been used to treat these conditions. However, considering how popular these injections are and the fact other treatment options exist, there is little consensus on questions regarding the “best” corticosteroid, how often such injections can be used, and how ultimately deleterious they are to joint cartilage.

Treatment rationale

Corticosteroid injections …

Cornell team develops horse anatomy app for students

An app created by a team from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is helping students learn and understand the anatomy of a horse.

According to the Cornell Chronicle, the Equine X-Ray Positioning Simulator is an augmented reality app that overlays a digital image of a horse limb onto surroundings seen through an iPad. The app was first used in the spring during CVM’s eight-week Anatomy of the Horse course.

Allison Miller, DVM, lecturer …

Obesity: A threat that can be prevented easily

It would be interesting to see what a survey of equine horse owners and caregivers might think is the biggest threat to equine health. Colic might be high on the list, so would respiratory disease and arthritis. However, perhaps overlooked—at least in horse owner circles—is a very important and sometimes-even-thought-to-be desirable condition: obesity.

Over the years, numerous studies on obesity in horses have been conducted in the U.S. and elsewhere. The problem, like the …

Equine asthma treatment study underway

Having already invented a means of diagnosing equine asthma, a professor at Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine is focusing his attention on treating horses with the condition.

Laurent Couëtil, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal internal medicine, director of Purdue University’s Equine Sports Medicine Center, has spent majority of his career treating and researching equine asthma.

“Milder equine asthma has been difficult to detect because horses don’t necessarily show many signs besides the fact they’re …

Understanding equine infectious anemia

In January, four horses in Rutherford County, Tenn., were euthanized after contracting equine infectious anemia (EIA). Six other horses were quarantined after an initial negative test, pending a second test.

Such incidents highlight the reasons equine veterinarians should be vigilant in their surveillance for this incurable viral disease. In fact, in 2017, 80 EIA-positive horses were identified in the U.S., with 38 premises testing positive for the disease (Figure 1).

What is equine infectious …