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FDA Approval of Prascend Tablets Means No More Compounded Pergolide

By Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, March 16, 2012

On March 16, the FDA basically sent out a warning about veterinarians or horse owners who have been using compounded pergolide to treat Cushing?s disease in horses. Since Prascend Tablets are now approved to treat this condition in horses, the allowance for compounded and ?extra label? versions is gone.

When there is no version of a medication specifically approved for a species, the FDA will allow compounding to be done under the ?extra label use? rulings. This was the case with the human version of pergolide used to treat horses. When that medication was withdrawn from the market due to human complications, the FDA allowed compounding pharmacies to make up an equine version. Now that there is an approved equine version of the medication, that will no longer be allowed. Prascend was approved in September 2011.? The FDA probably waited to allow already manufactured supplies to be used, but they now plan to enforce their rulings.
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Hair, Hair, Glorious Hair - An Ode To Horses Shedding

By Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, March 10, 2012

Hair, Hair, Glorious Hair! No, not the movie or the play but horse hair everywhere! A few warm days and suddenly at least one of my equines has decided it is truly time to shed.

Crispy the red dun Quarter Horse sheds out to a slick but thick shiny coat. Right now, waves of reddish hair cascade off her as I run the shedding blade over her back, rump and sides. She looks a bit dull from the dead hair sort of sticking up all over right now. And of course, the loose hair sticks to me just fine!

The other horses have nary a loose hair yet, and the donkeys traditionally shed in July.

While I can save dog hair to put around plants to help repel rabbits (note, I said help, not totally keep them away!), I have no clever use for my horse hair. The birds will pick up both horse hair and dog hair for nests but that is about it. The clever uses of horse hair such as for fishing lures, etc refer to mane and tail hair, not body hair.

But while there is no great use for horse hair, it is important to remove old, dead hair off your horse. Your horse will do a decent job herself, rolling and rubbing. Still, a quick curry followed by the shedding blade can help that hair come off much more quickly.

Dead hair left on can help add to ?rain rot? woes if you get some cold rains in the spring. Grooming won?t totally stop rain rot but it helps.

If your horse's hair simply isn?t shedding, you need to look at some health concerns like pituitary problems and adrenal problems, like Cushing?s disease. In fact, a long, often curly coat that won?t shed may be the first sign of Cushing?s in many horses.

Remember, not all horses will shed at the exact same time, so don't panic if one horse is straggling behind in the hair slough area. Still, a long, curly coat that remains into the summer is usually a tip off for Cushing?s. I guess that means I should be grateful for the horse hair flying around my barn!
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Horse Feed Recall ? Kountry Buffet 14%

By Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, March 09, 2012

Compared to pet-food recalls, horse feed recalls are unusual. But, as
of March 3, Western Feeds, LLC in Nebraska, is voluntarily recalling
two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14% feed as it may accidentally contain
monensin sodium or Rumensin. This medication is approved for some
livestock and for poultry as a growth promotant but can be fatal to

The recalled products have lot numbers M718430 and
M720280. This feed is in 50 lb bags and carries the Payback logo with
the tag identifying it as Kountry Buffet 14%. The numbers can be found
at the bottom of the tag, right below the Feeding Directions.

According to the FDA report, Bags from these lots were distributed from
December 2 through December 15, 2011, primarily to retailers in Nebraska
and Wyoming.

Reports of dead horses filtered into Western Feed.
Private tests revealed the potentially harmful level of monensin sodium
in these lots. More testing is being conducted, but if you have this
feed, stop using it immediately.
The amount for monensin consumed
will influence the signs shown by horses who ate this grain. Small
amounts show up as loss of appetite and mild colic symptoms. Larger
amounts lead to full blown colic, sweating, decreased coordination and
eventually being unable to stand. Affected horses may appear stiff and
sweat profusely. Cardiac damage may also occur.
Consumers who have
purchased this product should call Western Feed LLC at 308-247-2601,
Monday through Friday, 8 5 p.m. Mountain Time
Report from Dr. Deb Eldredge, Horse Journal Contributing Veterinary Editor
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