Poisoning & Toxicity

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Alltech Debuts KnowMycotoxins.com

July 16, 2011

Alltech's KnowMycotoxins.com now offers a fresh take on conquering the challenge of mycotoxins. The website ... Read More

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Calcium and Phosphorus Ratios in Equine Diets

July 08, 2011

Ensuring your horse maintains a balanced calcium and phosphorus ratio in his diet is critical, as horses with ... Read More

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Magnesium Supplementation: Is It Necessary?

June 26, 2011

Science has shown us that horses require magnesium to keep their bodies functioning properly, so should owners... Read More

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Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

June 02, 2011

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles.... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Landscaping Plants to Avoid

May 28, 2011

Owners often base plant choices in aesthetics, but toxicity should be considered when planting near horses.... Read More

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Springtime Means Poison Hemlock Control

April 17, 2011

Controlling poison hemlock growth in early spring could help keep pastures and livestock healthy, according to J.D. Green, PhD, extension weeds specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. "Poison hemlock i... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Poisonous Plants Now Available

April 05, 2011

TheHorse.com's free Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A chat on Poisonous Plants was held March 30, and the audio recording is now available. Just about every pasture or horse property on the planet has undesirable plants or weeds on it. What weeds, trees, and ... Read More

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Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More

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Poisonous Plants

March 30, 2011

What weeds, trees, and shrubs are poisonous to your horses?... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Johnsongrass Poisoning in Horses

November 22, 2010

The drought that has affected many regions of Kentucky and the surrounding area this year has some horse owners worried about Johnsongrass poisoning. Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a drought-tolerant noxious weed that can infiltrate pastures ...... Read More

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Mycotoxins and Metabolic Stress in Equine Athletes

November 19, 2010

Thanks to climate change and increasing amounts of grain blends, the prevalence of feed-borne mycotoxins (dangerous toxins exuded from molds) is on the rise, according to Trevor Smith, PhD, of the University of Guelph, Canada. Smith, a professor ... Read More

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Molds and Mycotoxins In Horse Feed: Basic Facts

November 11, 2010

Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by molds that are found in soil and vegetable matter including grains, forages, and feed.... Read More

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Mature Hay Bedding has Potential for Tall Fescue Toxicity

October 14, 2010

With budgets tight, a number of horse farm managers have reduced costs by using a hay harvest of overmature grass pastures for bedding. On the surface it makes sense to bed stalls with this stemmy hay. But be cautious when using it f... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Alsike Clover and Red Clover

September 15, 2010

Alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) are valuable forage crops in North America and are often included in pasture seed mixes. However, these plants can be associated with disease conditions in all animals including ... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Slaframine Intoxication

July 17, 2010

The wet spring weather and abundant clover growth in Central Kentucky has made 2010 a bumper year for slaframine toxin, or "slobber toxin." Slaframine is a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Rhizoctonia leguminicola. This fun... Read More

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Pasture Weeds: Most Toxic to Horses

July 05, 2010

Learn more about some of the toxic plants that could be found in your horse's pasture. ... Read More

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Mediterranean Tall Fescue/Endophyte Combination Might Be Fatal to Horses

June 30, 2010

A new, potentially fatal syndrome in horses called equine fescue edema has been reported by Australian scientists in the Australian Veterinary Journal. The researchers noted that all affected horses in the study were grazing pastures sown with...... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

June 22, 2010

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

May 28, 2010

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou... Read More

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Botulism Poisoning Claims Tennessee Horses

May 19, 2010

Seven horses belonging to a Spring Hill, Tenn., riding academy are recovering after ingesting hay contaminated with botulism. Four other animals were euthanized at the scene as a result of botulism poisoning. The surviving horses were transport... Read More

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Atypical Myopathy Outbreak Survival Rate Running at 5%

May 09, 2010

Survival rates are low in the current European atypical myopathy outbreak, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

To date, at least 49 horses have died from the disease, as opposed to only four confirmed survivals in... Read More

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Atypical Myopathy Cases Discovered in Europe

April 28, 2010

An ongoing spring outbreak of atypical myopathy has caused a reported 47 cases in Europe to date, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

Reports of new cases continue to stream into the data being collected by the At... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Anticoagulant Rodenticides

April 18, 2010

Many horse owners do not realize that baits used to kill mice, rats, and small rodents are also poisonous to horses and other mammals. Several types of rodenticide baits are available, but the most commonly used products are the anticoagulant ... Read More

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High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

April 01, 2010

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were...... Read More

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Equine Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology

March 26, 2010

The equine pharmacology, therapeutics, and toxicology program at the Gluck Equine Research Center focuses on interactions among performance-enhancing drugs and therapeutic medications in performance horses. Early work focused on the detection o... Read More