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Choosing The Top Prospect

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

We would all love a magic wand to wave over a group of promising performance horses that lights up over the top prospects. A study written up in the June 15 issue of the Journal of the American... read more

Ticks, Ticks and More Ticks

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

How to help protect your horse from tick bites. read more

The Cutaneous Trunci Muscle Reflex in Horses

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

In a clever study, eight horses “volunteered” to wear 56 reflective markers on their sides. Special infrared cameras tracked the movement of the markers after skin stimulation with a stick wand. The cutaneous trunci muscles work to twitch and remove irritants like flies. They also can twitch with the stimulation of a rider’s leg or the touch of a crop. read more

Magnesium For OCD?

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Discussion about a research study that shows many magnesium can help with OCD in horses. read more

Mosquitoes Can be Deadly

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Tips on controlling mosquitoes around your barn and property to protect you and your horses. read more

Doppler for Laminitis

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The goal of this study out of the veterinary teaching hospital at the University of Murcia in Spain was to look at a noninvasive but objective way to evaluate horses with laminitis. read more

Promising New Therapy for Joint Problems

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

From Ohio State University and two private practices comes an interesting article on a treatment for osteoarthritis in horses. As reported in the February 2014 issue of the American Journal of Veterinary Research under head author Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD, 40 horses with bony arthritis were treated with a new intra-articular joint injection therapy. read more

Errors in Veterinary Medications

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The CVM tries to prevent some of these mistakes before they happen. Similar drug names may require a change to better differentiate drugs. A bottle of tablets must contain certain information even if the intent is to dispense portions at a time. That information includes strength, number of pills or capsules, expiration date, etc. Additional information is supplied on the container and the package read more

Trick Training

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Not knowing anything about clicker training, operant conditioning or any of the behavior science we now have at our fingertips, I had a bunch of cut up carrots and my booklet. Looking back, I did a combination of luring and bridging. Goldie was a typical horse of the Arab persuasion – clever and a true quick study. read more

Be Kind to the New Vets

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The emergency was a 3-month-old foal who had gotten a bad chest wound cut from some barbed wire. My assistant was to be my boss’s son – not really into horses or anything but a somewhat willing body. It was a big wound and would require a drain and quite a few sutures. My biggest fear was tranquilizing the colt. I could picture this lovely chestnut colt dropping dead from anesthesia. read more

The Best Equine Memorial

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

After the death of her horse Monte, Dr. Deb Eldredge and her family discussed a memorial - and came up with the perfect solution. read more

Habronemiasis

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The parasites behind habronemiasis are stomach worms. The three nematodes most commonly named are Habronema muscae, Habronema majus and Draschia megastoma. These are all worms that can live in your horse’s stomach. They pass their embryonated eggs into manure where houseflies and stable flies may ingest them. The larvae then move to the mouthparts of the flies and get deposited on moist areas of read more

Monte - Loss and Grief

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

When your farm is filled with older animals – basically a hospice situation – you know there will be frequent losses and you prepare yourself. So when I arrived home from a herding clinic late Sunday night I can’t say I was totally shocked when my husband said he had to have Monte euthanized. I will write of Monte’s life some time but this is about his death. read more

Mud Season and Your Horse

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

The popularity of mud baths in previous times for human skin care aside, it’s best to remove the mud from your horse. Left on, a constant mud coating can irritate your horse’s skin. The best-known case of this is “scratches” with mud buildup on your horse’s pasterns leading to infection. Even on other areas of your horse the buildup of mud on shedding hair can lead to skin irritation. read more

Harbingers of Spring

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

About three days ago, Crispy’s coat started looking a bit dull and loose. Now we have a dun hair free for all. One swipe of the shedding blade, and there is a pile of soft hair on the stall floor. Too bad I haven’t thought of something clever to do with all the hair! read more

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