Medications and Drugs


Three reasons to avoid storing medications at the barn

Pills, pastes and liquids are adversely affected by fluctuations in temperature and humidity.


Reassuring findings about PPID drug

Researchers report that a case of pergolide overdose resulted in only minor, temporary effects.

“Uniformity of rules is essential to protecting the safety of the racehorse and ensuring the integrity of the sport,” said AAEP President Dr. David Frisbie.

AAEP Board Votes to Support Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

The legislation’s chief goal is to create uniform safety and medication standards in all U.S. racing jurisdictions.

The role of steroids in the development of laminitis is under scrutiny by researchers.

Do corticosteroids increase a horse's laminitis risk? Not necessarily

A study from England challenges the long-held belief that corticosteroids increase a horse’s risk of developing a potentially devastating inflammatory hoof condition called laminitis.


Inhalant therapy for horses with severe equine asthma now available in United States.

The Aservo® EquiHaler®(ciclesonide inhalation spray), an industry first in equine medicine, addresses an unmet need for horses with severe equine asthma

Getting all of the dewormer paste into your horse

The Essentials of Parasite Control

Here's how to maximize your horse's deworming program. By Laurie Bonner for EQUUS magazine.

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How to cope with ringbone

Medication, specialized farriery care and/or surgery help many horses with this type of arthritis remain sound and healthy for years.


Equine Vaccination Basics

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.


Customize Your Horse's Vaccination Plan

Which vaccines a horse requires depends on his age, lifestyle and other circumstances. In this article from the August 2010 issue of EQUUS, David Trachtenberg, DVM, owner of Ledgewood Veterinary Equine Clinic in Ontario, New York explains his approach to

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Pain relief as a diagnostic tool

Survey shows that many veterinarians use pain-relieving medications to help diagnose colic.

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What your veterinarian wants you to know about antibiotics

Here are 7 vital facts to keep in mind when handling these powerful medications.


Getting the most from antibiotic use in horses

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.


Indispensable Iodine

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.

It's always best to discard and replace any drug that you suspect has been compromised. Photo © EQUUS

Drug Safety After a Disaster

Fires, floods and other extreme conditions can affect drug efficacy. Here are some guidelines to help you decide what to do with exposed medications.

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Exercise After Vaccinations: How soon is too soon?

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

Deworming medications can't work if they don't make it into your horse.

One Simple Tip for More Effective Deworming

Try this trick to ensure your horse gets the most out of his deworming medication.

Separation or discoloration of ointments can be a sign of damage caused by freezing.| photo © EQUUS Magazine

Ten Reasons to love sticky ichthammol ointment

It may be smelly, sticky and sort of gross, but the drawing salve ichthammol can't be beat in terms of versatility and affordability.

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Harnessing the Power of DMSO

Is DMSO a miracle drug or dangerous toxin? Here's everything you need to know about using the power of DMSO safely and effectively.

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Storing Equine Medications Safely

The state of your medicine chest can affect the safety and efficacy of the items it contains.

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Who Makes the Drugs Your Horse Takes?

Compounding drug pharmacies provide a valuable service to the equine community, but it's wise to become familiar with their credentials and procedures.

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Higher Bute Doses: No Benefit But Higher Risks

Researchers found no difference in lameness scores when doses were doubled.


EQUUS Chart: Equine Medication Basics

Download this handy list of the nine types of drugs commonly administered to horses and what they do. From the editors of EQUUS magazine.

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Giving Medication by Mouth

Use this simple technique to make the medicine go down with minimum fuss or mess.