Arthritis Treatment Inconclusive
A case series treated with polyacrylamide gel was used to examine the effectiveness of the treatment for arthritis. Joints of 28 horses with naturally occurring arthritis in coffin, pastern fetlock or knee joints were injected with a medical grade preparation of the substance that is used as a lubricant or filler gel for plastic surgery or laboratory testing.
Equine joint pain impacts performance, overall mobility and can really make a farrier’s job more difficult.
It is expected, on some level, as horses get older, but joint pain impacts almost every performance horse additionally.
Is there more to heat, pain and lameness than meets the eye? Is there a reason why a horse is not responding to therapies? Potentially, yes. A farrier often is the first line of defense in identifying inflammation of the distal limb, and understanding its influence is critical for proper management.
A postmortem study examined the records of 241 horses at least 15 years old that died following admission to a veterinary teaching hospital over a 10-year period to investigate their causes of death, including the relationship to pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID).
An experimental drug discovered by entomologists doing research on biological insect control substances now holds some promise as an effective treatment for laminitis. Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine will conduct the first clinical trial of the anti-inflammatory drug known as t-TUCB after it was used to treat a horse that they thought would have to be euthanized. A paper on this case has been accepted for publication by the peer-reviewed Journal of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. The paper is expected to be published in the journal's February 2013 issue, but journal editors have allowed the authors to disclose their findings ahead of publication.
Obesity is a result of horses consuming more calories than they are expending, either through basal metabolism or exercise. Excess fat is stored under the skin and the amount of fat can be easily estimated using the highly popular body condition scoring (BCS) system.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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