Authors: F. Mazoochian, A. Hölzer, J. Jalali, F. Schmidutz, C. Schröder, M. Woiczinski, J. Maierl, P. Augat, V. Jansson
Journal: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT)

Objectives: The ovine hip is often used as an experimental research model to simulate the human hip. However, little is known about the contact pressures on the femoral and acetabular cartilage in the ovine hip, and if those are representative for the human hip. Methods: A model of the ovine hip, including the pelvis, femur, acetabular cartilage, femoral cartilage and ligamentum transversum, was built using computed tomography and micro-computed tomography. Using the finite element method, the peak forces were analysed during simulated walking.

Category: Miscellaneous - Ruminant
Authors: A.I. Freeman, L.J. Halladay, P. Cripps
Journal: The Veterinary Journal

Silver-impregnated fabrics are widely used for their antibacterial and antifungal effects, including for clinical clothing such as surgical scrub suits (scrubs). This study investigated whether silver impregnation reduces surface bacterial contamination of surgical scrubs during use in a veterinary hospital. Using agar contact plates, abdominal and lumbar areas of silver-impregnated nylon or polyester/cotton scrubs were sampled for surface bacterial contamination before (0 h) and after 4 and 8 h of use.

Category: Equine - Miscellaneous
Authors: Kevin Wahl DVM, Stephen B. Adams DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, George E. Moore DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM
Journal: Veterinary Surgery

To assess fetlock joint contamination with tissue debris and hair after arthrocentesis.
Study Design
Fetlock joint tissues (n = 10 horses).

Category: Equine - Miscellaneous
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing the study: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is increasingly used for treatment of orthopaedic injuries. However, the effects of different stimuli on the release pattern of regenerative and proinflammatory factors from equine platelets are largely unknown and an optimal treatment protocol remains to be established. Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify a stimulus that enhanced release of histopromotive factors (platelet-derived growth factor BB [PDGF] and transforming growth factor 1β[TGF]) without causing concurrent release of a proinflammatory mediator (CCL5).

Authors: S. E. O'Grady
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education

A true clubfoot results from a flexural deformity of the distal interphalangeal joint that is characterised by a shortening of the deep digital flexor tendon musculotendinous unit. Flexural deformities are a problem not only in foals but are also responsible for the clubfoot conformation seen in mature horses. Treatment is most successful when the cause is investigated and therapy initiated as early as possible, and when the biomechanical properties of the foot are thoroughly understood.

Authors: Jennifer A. Dulin, DVM; W. Tod Drost, DVM; Mitch A. Phelps, PhD; Elizabeth M. Santschi, DVM; Maria I. Menendez, BVSc; Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD
Journal: American Journal Of Veterinary Research

Objective—To determine the effects of exercise on the distribution and pharmacokinetics of technetium Tc 99m medronate (99mTc-MDP) following intra-articular (IA) injection in horses.

Animals—5 horses.

Category: Equine - Miscellaneous
Authors: James L. Carmalt, MA, VetMB, MVSc; Chris D. Bell, DVM, MVSc; Dane M.Tatarniuk; Sarabjeet S. Suri, PhD; Baljit Singh, BVSc&AH, PhD; Cheryl Waldner, DVM, PhD
Journal: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Objective—To investigate the relationship between inflammatory responses of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint in clinically normal horses.

Animals—7 mature horses.

Category: Equine - Miscellaneous
Authors: M. Holzhauer, C. J. Bartels; M. van Barneveld; C. Vulders; T. Lam
Journal: Veterinary Record

The efficacy of two topical treatments for painful ulcerative stage (M2) of bovine digital dermatitis (BDD) lesions was compared in a clinical trial conducted on five dairy farms in 2009 to 2010. The first treatment was a water-based gel with active components copper and zinc (Intra Hoof-fit gel [IHF]) and the second treatment was a topical chlortetracycline spray (CTC spray). The experimental unit for this study was the hindleg with the presence of a BDD lesion. Cure was defined as the transition of an M2 lesion into a healed (M0) or a non-painful chronic stage (M4) of BDD at D28.

Category: Miscellaneous - Ruminant
Authors: J. S. Duncan, D. Grove-White, J. W. H. Oultram, C. J. Phythian, J. van Dijk, S. D. Carter, P. J. Cripps, H.J. Williams
Journal: Veterinary Record

The present study is a randomised split-flock treatment trial, which compared the effect of foot bathing in a 1 per cent solution of chlortetracycline alone with a treatment protocol that added a single injection of a long-acting amoxicillin. Overall, the prevalence of contagious ovine digital dermatitis in the examined flock was 22 per cent, while 45.7 per cent of affected sheep had infections in two or more feet. Parenteral antibiotic treatment increased the odds of a recovery by 3.8 times (95 per cent confidence interval 1.05 to 14.0) (P=0.008).

Category: Miscellaneous - Ruminant
Authors: S. L. Potterton; M.J. Green; K.M. Millar; C.J. Brignell; J. Harris; H.R. Whay; J.N. Huxley
Journal: Veterinary Record

The objectives of this paper were to characterise lesions found at the hock and to establish their prevalence across a large sample of dairy cows in the UK. In addition, the study aimed to examine farmers' perceptions of these lesions. Seventy-seven farms were visited; both hocks on a random sample of approximately 50 cows were scored on a categorical scale for hair loss, ulceration and swelling. In addition, the size and location of lesions were marked on a hock map. A questionnaire designed to explore attitudes towards lesions was conducted with the owner.

Category: Miscellaneous - Ruminant