Equine Health Update EHU Vol 20 Issue 02 - Page 38

EQUINE | International News response to Hurricane Harvey. CONTACT: Andy Schwartz, DVM, Andy.Schwartz@tahc.texas.gov, (512) 719-0715, Texas Animal Health Commission, Austin, Texas Racehorse Breakdowns: The Importance of Postmortem Examinations I often answer the question “Why would someone want a postmortem exam on an animal?” As a veterinary pathologist involved in a necropsy program for racehorses that have experienced racetrack injuries, I get much the same question from both lay people and professionals in the horse industry. People understand why a postmortem is warranted in a case of sudden death, but understanding the need for a necropsy on a horse that has sustained a catastrophic musculoskeletal injury is less clear. Like all athletes, Thoroughbred racehorses experience a consistent pattern of repetitive use wear associated with their musculoskeletal systems. An analogy familiar to most is the term “tennis elbow.” For people with even a passing familiarity with sports, “Tommy John” surgery for baseball pitchers is a commonly recognized term, as ro ]܈Y[\Y\[\HH[Z[X\X[YB[]X\\X˂H\X][ۈ]Y[KY^\[\[ۜ[]\X[\Y\\Y[[Y܈X[BYX\Y[[]HY\[ܝ[Hܘ[B[]]Y[[YܛXKܙX]\[ Hوܜ\]Y\H][]\[[][[\H]HKY^\[[\Z[]H[]YHX\K[X][]H[[]\X][\H[Z[][ۈق\]]]HX\[[\]Y[Y[]\YHH8'Y\8'H܈H8'H[HX˸'HH\Y[^[Z[][ۈوHܜKHX]K]\Xš[\H[H[Y\[\H[\Z[œ]KY][ۘ[Kۋ[]\[[][X[\Y\[HY\Y [ܝ[]H]Y]\HۙXY]HZ[\B\]Z[HYYX[\X܋[H]\[˜]\XXZۜˈH[و\H]Y]š\XH[YK]YX]H[[\[Y[]YY\][[Z[\[\Y\[ܝ\ Bݙ\[X[[ۙ][ۈوHܜK]Z[[˜[X[Xܙ[H]YHوH[ܝ[B^[Z[][ۈ\H]Y]Y[HHوY[YZ[œ\Xܜ܈]\X[\ܜH[ܝ[]Y\™܈]\H[\[[ۋY][ۘ[K]\Y]HZ[\[\[Z[]HHۛYHZ[YB\[Z\^\Y[H]\[Y[Bܚ[Z\\Y[[XYY\ˈX[\Y\]X^H]HY[[X[H\\[]\HY[YYYۈ[ܝ[H^[Z[][ۈ[BY\Y ][ܛX]]H۝\][ۜY\[œX[\^\\KZ[XY[[ۘ\H[[ܜYBRT H[\X[\ˈ[H\H\X]Y]ق\[\[\H[ܝ[H^[Z[][ۈ[›ؚX]]H\H؜\][ۜ˂H[[X]H[و[H[ܝ[Hܘ[H\›Z]Y]HH\و[\HHܜK[[\H^\\HY\[^\]\H[Y ]\XXZۜ\HHXY[]\Hق\[\[\HY\[[YHYX\\X] [H[ܝ[H^[Z[][ۜX^HH8']x'H܂HܜH[]Y\[ۋH[YHH[\H[][ۂوܜ\[HۛX[ۜوH\X[\ܜB\H[[XXKHH]Hܜ\Y\Z[\[HX[[][]H\HHY\\š\YKXZۜ\H[]]XH][ˈH[Z]Y]HH\وZ\\[H[ܜ\Y\Y[[]\Z[YYKӕP]\HK[YHKPՔ ]\Z[YPZKYK  NJH MML[]\]Hو[XH]\[\HXYۛBXXܘ]ܞK^[ۋ[XB(\]Z[HX[\]H8(