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2023-03-13
04:00 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
While gabapentin in often used in humans and small animals, there has been limited information about the safety and efficacy of dosing gabapentin in horses. So far, most of our information about the use of gabapentin is drawn from extrapolations based on its use in other species including dogs, cats and humans. The analgesic dose of gabapentin is still not known in horses. A recent study (Gold et al., 2022) compared the effects of treating equines with 40 mg/kg or 120 mg/kg of gabapentin...
2023-01-23
4:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
The equine navicular apparatus as a premier enthesis organ: Functional implications The diagnosis of navicular syndrome (sometimes called caudal foot pain, palmar foot pain, podotrochlosis) is often dreaded by riders, trainers and veterinarians. Lameness attributable to the caudal region of the foot, sensitivity over the navicular regions and radiographic changes in the bone are part of the clinical portrait of the disease. While the ability to precisely diagnose specific lesions in each...
2022-10-04
03:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Hypotension is a frequent challenge in equine general anesthesia and is associated with a variety of post-anesthetic complications, including myopathy. Hypotension under general anesthesia often develops secondary to the effects of inhaled volatile anesthetic agents. Efforts at countering hypotension under anesthesia have focused on decreasing the amounts of inhaled anesthetics, administering IV fluids and using vasopressors or ionotropic medications. Hypotension can also be encountered in...
2022-08-23
05:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Equine cervical pain and dysfunction: Pathology, diagnosis and treatment There is an increase in awareness of cervical pain and dysfunction in performance horses among professionals. Affected horses may exhibit a variety of symptoms ranging from obvious cervical pain and muscle tension to poor performance, forelimb lameness and behavioural issues. While improved imaging methods have led the way to better visualization of this region, clinical interpretation can be difficult. The spectrum of...
2022-07-26
03:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Client satisfaction in equine veterinary practice: A structured review and quantitative synthesis As medical professionals, veterinarians often focus mainly on optimal patient outcomes, yet client satisfaction may rest on many facets of the veterinarian-client-patient interaction. Equine veterinarians interact with a broad range of clients who may have different levels of knowledge and different expectations for the professional dealing in animal health. Patients can range from backyard pets...
2022-06-14
03:00 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Effects of regional limb perfusion technique on concentrations of antibiotic achieved at the target site: A Meta-Analysis Veterinarians are often called upon to treat conditions such as cellulitis, joint infections and trauma-induced wounds of the distal limbs in horses. Intravenous regional limb perfusion allows veterinarians to achieve a high concentration of antibiotic within a targeted region of a limb with a lower dose of antibiotic than systemic administration, decreasing the cost and...
2022-05-16
03:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Hearing loss may affect a horse’s quality of life and its ability to interact with riders, trainers and other horses. Current known causes of auditory loss in the horse include: temporohyoid osteopathy, otitis, brainstem disease, trauma, congenital sensorineural deafness (American Paint horses) and old age. In foals, congenital sensorineural deafness, prematurity, sepsis, brainstem disease, trauma and otitis can cause auditory loss. Gentamicin, an aminoglycoside antibiotic, is commonly used in...
2022-04-18
04:00 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
Elective synovial endoscopy is most often performed to remove osteochondral fragments within joints but can also be used to diagnose and treat a variety of problems in joints and soft tissues. Perioperative protocols for the use of antibiotics in equine synovial endoscopy are highly variable, and may be affected by physician preference and previous training. As resistance to antibiotics continues to rise, it is wise to continue to evaluate the risks and benefits of these protocols. The...
2022-03-17
05:30 min
Content prepared by Jennifer Jobin, BSc, DVM
In their role as sporting, leisure and performance animals, horses often require high levels of specific training. Due to their nature, horses can often be stressed by exposure to novel objects or experiences. For young or inexperienced horses, training is often combined with exposure to stress such as movement to a show or training facility. While studies on equine learning and stress have taken place, there are few that have studied the effects of exercise on learning in horses. Exercise has...