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What does it mean to be a specialist?

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Veterinary medicine has changed in recent years with more practitioners choosing to become board certified in a specific area of practice. This allows us to have a more precise focus in one particular area like surgery or medicine. Steinbeck Country

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The Great Vaccine Debate

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Annual vaccinations are a large part of our preventative health strategy here at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic. As your veterinarian we are happy to be one of your main sources of information concerning your horse’s health and vaccines.

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Electrophysiological studies in American Quarter horses with neuroaxonal dystrophy

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Neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD) is a disease characterized by the sudden onset of neurologic signs in horses ranging from 4 to 36 months of age. Equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy (EDM), a disease that has been associated with low vitamin E concentrations, is considered a more advanced form of NAD. The objective of this report is to describe the electrophysiological features of NAD/EDM in American Quarter horses (QHs).

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Pemphigus vulgaris in a Welsh pony stallion: case report and demonstration of antidesmoglein autoantibodies

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Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disorder that involves blistering and sores (erosions) of the skin and mucus membranes and is rarely diagnosed in equids.

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Factors associated with survival in 148 recumbent horses

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This study demonstrates that the duration of clinical signs, response to treatment and the ability of horses to use a sling are associated with survival to hospital discharge for recumbent horses.

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Hemorrhage and blood loss–induced anemia associated with an acquired coagulation factor VIII inhibitor in a Thoroughbred mare

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Horses may develop inhibitory antibodies against factor VIII that cause acquired hemophilia A.

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What We Know and What We’re Learning about Laminitis

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The prognosis for horses with laminitis is very hard to predict. Severity of the radiographs doesn’t always correlate well with the amount of lameness seen clinically. The best way to guarantee the highest level of success is to assemble a team of experts including your farrier, veterinarian and trainer. While we are a long way off from a full understanding of the disease, advances in management of Laminitis are occurring at a steady pace.

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Advances in Lameness

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It is an exciting time to be a veterinarian who makes his/her living by diagnosing and treating lameness in horses. Our ability to diagnose lameness has improved dramatically over the past decade with the explosion of technology available. Several newer therapies are now available for certain lameness conditions, and are a nice addition to the therapeutic options available.

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Pigeon Fever

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“Pigeon Fever” is a disease about which horse owners in Central California should be aware. Pigeon fever is caused by a gram positive bacterium called Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis. This bacterium is found in the soil and is thought to be transmitted to horses by flies feeding on abrasions or small wounds already present in the skin.

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Cresty Necks and Laminitis: Equine Endocrinology Part I

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The two main endocrinologic concerns in horses are equine Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome. These disorders are increasing in prevalence as our equine population is better cared for and living longer. These disorders can have two main similarities: 1) insulin resistance 2) the potentially devastating possibility of laminitis. It is important to understand the signs of insulin resistance and be able to effectively manage these horses to decrease the risk of laminitis.

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