Victory! You finally have viable embryos from your favorite mare that can be stored for future transfer. Now what? How should these embryos be preserved for maximal viability?
Equine asthma is remarkably similar to human asthma. In human asthmatics, allergy avoidance has also proven to be an unsuccessful management strategy, forcing doctors to develop alternate treatment strategies. In two-legged sufferers, a technique called immunotherapy has gained favor.
According to a recent study, dermoscopy can easily and economically be performed in equine patients to help diagnose skin and coat problems.
A novel approach to treating therapies was recently described by a group of scientists. Their technique involved using gene therapy to create specific genes that, once injected into the horse, produce proteins that help heal the injury.
A vaccine against Sarcocystis neurona, a causative agent for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), has been available since 2000, but its efficacy has been unclear. A recent study reveals researchers might be headed back to the lab.
Used to treat joint inflammation and pain through intra-articular administration, equine experts suggest that isoflupredone acetate may actually exert beneficial effects long after it can be detected in the blood.
Given the impact of laminitis on the equine industry, owners and veterinarians are often willing to try novel treatments, including regenerative therapies involving the administration of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma.
Horses engaged in athletic pursuits are at risk for skeletal damage. Bucked shins, bone chips, and fractures are commonplace in the world of high-performance horses, but other problems, like bone bruises, are less ordinary.
“Equine asthma syndrome” is the new term for the spectrum of disorders resulting from chronic airway inflammation. This syndrome includes everything from mild asthma, also called inflammatory airway disease in young horses, to severe asthma, widely referred to as heaves and pasture- or summer-associated airway disease.
Horses maintained primarily outdoors generally have healthier airways and a lower incidence of asthma than those kept predominantly in stables. When faced with stabling, what bedding best minimizes damage to respiratory tissues?
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