Medications and Drugs

High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc High-tech diagnostics may seem like overkill when dealing with common equine skin conditions, but researchers say polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology can be indispensable for... READ MORE

6 Things you may not have known about Pigeon fever

by Heather Smith Thomas Once found mainly in California, this bacterial infection has now been documented in 25 states across the country. Here are 6 little known or sometimes forgotten facts about the infection. READ MORE

Q & A: Understanding glucosamine

Question: In "Exercise and Arthritis" (Consultants, EQUUS 464) a letter from a reader solicited advice for managing her arthritic horse; the letter writer stated that the horse in... READ MORE

Additional approval for leptospirosis vaccine

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The only vaccine currently available to protect horses from leptospirosis recently received additional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in mares in all three... READ MORE

When to adjust vaccination plans

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Changing circumstances may mean that your horse needs different or additional vaccinations. READ MORE

Pain relief as a diagnostic tool

by Christine Barakat Survey shows that many veterinarians use pain-relieving medications to help diagnose colic. READ MORE

Leptospirosis vaccine introduced

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The first vaccine that protects horses against the bacterial infection leptospirosis is now available. READ MORE

Getting the Most From Antibiotics

Antibiotics have helped tame many feared infectious conditions and diseases. Here’s how judicious use, supplemented by common-sense management measures, can help ensure their continued effectiveness. READ MORE

What your veterinarian wants you to know about antibiotics

by Melinda Freckleton, DVM, with Christine Barakat Here are 7 vital facts to keep in mind when handling these powerful medications. READ MORE

Equine Vaccination Basics

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Vaccines are among the most effective weapons for protecting horses against the ravages of disease. Learn how vaccinations work to protect your horse and view two sample vaccination schedules, for the pleasure horse & performance horse. READ MORE

Watch for Injection Reactions

Odds are your horse won't have a dangerous reaction to an injection, but look out for these signs of trouble just in case. READ MORE

Indispensable Iodine

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Most first-aid kits contain iodine, the reddish-orange solution used to clean skin and wounds. Here's a quick rundown on the different formulations. READ MORE

Drug Safety After a Disaster

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine Fires, floods and other extreme conditions can affect drug efficacy. Here are some guidelines to help you decide what to do with exposed medications. READ MORE

Exercise After Vaccinations: How soon is too soon?

A veterinarian discusses how soon after vaccination a horse can go back to work. READ MORE

Reducing the Risk of Injection-Related Infections

Infections at injection sites are rare, but your veterinarian will still take steps to avoid them. READ MORE

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