Saturday, September 28, 2013

Adequan Slowly Returning to Market - Full Article

By Erica Larson, News Editor
Sep 17, 2013

Luitpold Animal Health, manufacturers of Adequan products, issued an update Sept. 16 indicating that while Adequan IM has slowly begun returning to the market, the drug will remain in short supply for a time. The company announced in May that they expected supply shortages due to factory renovations at their Shirley, N.Y., facility, and supplies have been limited throughout the late spring and summer.

"We are pleased to announce a shipment of Adequan IM was released to the market last week and was received by veterinarians beginning Friday, Sept. 13," the Sept. 16 statement read. "Adequan product supply remains limited, and the initial shipments will not fully satisfy market demand. Luitpold made significant investments in upgrading its manufacturing facilities earlier this year...

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New laminitis research findings - Full Article

The benefits of feeding a balanced diet alongside appropriate forage, grazing restriction and regular low intensity exercise whenever clinically possible in the management of laminitis prone horses and ponies has been highlighted by new research.

Laminitis continues to be a significant welfare problem of horses and ponies, causing widespread suffering. Investigations into the underlying causes and disease processes involved in the condition are ongoing.

Among recent research efforts are four projects completed by the International Laminitis Research Consortium, the research body initiated by The WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group. The group comprises veterinary, nutrition and research experts, including Dr Nicola Menzies-Gow and Professor Jonathan Elliott of the Royal Veterinary College, Annette Longland of Equine Livestock and Nutrition Services, Dr Pat Harris of the WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group, and Clare Barfoot of Mars Horsecare UK Ltd.

The four separate studies, two of which were funded by The Laminitis Trust, have shed new light on:

● The role that grass fructan may have in the development of laminitis.
● The important influence of water temperature when soaking hay to reduce the water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content.
● A possible link between recurrent laminitis and reduced anti-inflammatory capacity.
● The potential anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

How Much Is That Horse Sweating? - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · September 16, 2013

Hard-working horses sweat as they exercise, and intense or long-duration performance can cause a significant loss of body fluid and electrolytes. Owners need to have a fairly accurate idea of how much sweat the horse has lost so that they can provide enough fluid and electrolytes to be sure that their horses make up these deficits.

Estimates of sweat loss have sometimes been based on the extent and intensity of work the horse has been asked to perform. However, each owner’s idea of light, moderate, and heavy exercise is likely to be slightly different from the way other riders define the same work session.

Researchers at Martin Luther University in Germany recently collaborated in a study designed to evaluate equine sweat patterns after exercise. They used 17 Warmblood mares that were assigned to a light work group or a medium work group. The horses were groomed and weighed before exercise. Immediately after exercise, they were unsaddled and photographed to record visible sweat. The horses were weighed three hours after exercise to determine the amount of weight lost. This figure was corrected for water intake, loss of weight in feces and urine, and estimated respiratory fluid loss. All horses completed each work regimen twice; one horse completed each regimen three times...

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Slowing Feed Intake Reduces Glycemic Response in Horses - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · August 27, 2013

When horses consume large grain meals, glucose floods into the bloodstream (glycemic response), triggering a reaction in which the body produces insulin to deal with the sugar overload (insulinemic response). These reactions are foreign to the natural digestive pattern in which a horse grazes continuously on medium-quality forage, rarely if ever ingesting carbohydrate-rich grains. This unnatural feeding pattern can cause health problems in some equines. Young growing horses are more likely to develop skeletal problems if they are fed grain products that produce large glycemic responses. In mature horses, gobbling a large grain meal may lead to obesity, insulin resistance, colic, laminitis, or metabolic syndrome...

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Wasp Control for You and Your Horse - Full Article

By Alayne
27 Aug 2013

If you think you’re seeing more wasps than usual this year, you’re probably seeing a critter we inherited recently from Europe, the European paperwasp.

The European paperwasp Polistes dominulus was first recorded in the U.S. in Massachusetts in 1981 and has moved its way West since then, reaching Washington State in 1998. As Keith Seinfeld, KPLU News Seattle, reported in 2006, “So far there’s no sign of environmental damage done by the European wasps and it’s not particularly aggressive, in fact it may do a little good in the garden by eating other pests.”

These paperwasps are often confused with yellowjackets, another kind of wasp, because they have similar markings. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is their nesting habits. European Paperwasps create nests that are only one cell deep forming a single comb and resembling a Dixie cup-sized upside down umbrella. Yellowjackets create large aerial nests that are entirely enclosed in paper. Yellowjackets will also construct nests below the soil surface...

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