Sarcoid Sleuths: Investigating Unsightly Tumors

February 20, 2008

Getting rid of sarcoids is challenging since tumors often come back after treatment. Even worse, conducting biopsies or surgically removing some types of tumors can trigger more rapid growth.... Read More


Vaccine-Based Treatment for Equine Sarcoids

January 20, 2008

Horses with sarcoids could soon benefit from a new vaccine-based treatment that is currently being developed by a group of German researchers. Equine sarcoids, semi-malignant skin tumors caused by bovine papillomaviruses (BPV)-1 and -2, are common in... Read More


Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

January 10, 2008

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More


Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence

July 25, 2007

Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according... Read More


Lab Cytology Tests

April 01, 2007

Cytology, the study of cells, involves the collection and examination of cells and fluid from organs, tissues, and body cavities. Cells naturally shed from the surfaces of mucous membranes, organs, and skin lesions, and they can be collected for... Read More


Lost in the Fog's Ashes to Stay in the Bay Area

October 21, 2006

Lost in the Fog's owner, Harry Aleo, told the Sacramento Bee yesterday that the Thoroughbred's ashes will be buried at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley,... Read More


Lost in the Fog's Cancer Extensive, Necropsy Reveals

October 19, 2006

The deceased champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's cancer was much more extensive than originally believed and most likely had been growing for many months.

Results of the necropsy, released Oct. 18, showed a gigantic tumor that compromised... Read More


Champion Sprinter Lost in the Fog Euthanatized

September 18, 2006

Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, was euthanatized Sunday, Sept. 17, three weeks after doctors found three cancerous tumors in his spleen and along his back.

The charismatic champion began his career with 10... Read More


COX-2 Expression in Equine Tumors (ACVIM 2006)

September 14, 2006

Therapies for equine cancer are few and far between, but a veterinary oncologist from Colorado State University (CSU) thinks equine tumors could be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ... Read More


Lost in the Fog Begins Chemotherapy

September 11, 2006

Lost in the Fog was resting in his stall at Golden Gate Fields Saturday (Sept. 9), two days after receiving his first chemotherapy treatment at the University of California, Davis.

The champion sprinter of 2005 had the treatment Thursday... Read More


Lost in the Fog: How Common is Equine Cancer?

August 29, 2006

The grim diagnosis of 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's inoperable tumors has raised questions about the occurrence of cancer in equines.

"It's not a common problem in horses in general," said Elizabeth Davis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an... Read More


Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

August 27, 2006

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More


Lost in the Fog 'Not Done Yet,' Gilchrist Says

August 25, 2006

Less than a week ago, trainer Greg Gilchrist said that it was "the bottom of the ninth" for his champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, diagnosed with terminal cancer. But at his Golden Gate Fields stable Thursday, the rally caps were... Read More


Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

August 21, 2006

Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.

The popular colt, owned by Harry Aleo,... Read More


Lost in the Fog to Undergo Tests Friday

August 17, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school will run extensive tests on Lost in the Fog Friday in order to determine whether they will perform surgery to remove what is believed to be a cancerous mass from his spleen. If the... Read More


Lost in the Fog Suspected to Have Cancer

August 16, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, through a stomach sonogram, have found a mass in Lost in the Fog's spleen that they suspect is a lymphoma, according to Greg Gilchrist, who trains last year's Eclipse Award-winning... Read More


Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? ... Read More


The Other Cancers

May 01, 2004

Is there an uglier word in medicine than "cancer?" This is true in human and veterinary medicine. Many of us view cancer as invasive, debilitating, and fatal. But those who know horses know that while cancer occurs in equids, most of these... Read More


Promising New Treatment for Equine Sarcoids (AAEP 2003)

February 17, 2004

One of the most common and effective treatments for sarcoids is chemotherapy using the drug cisplatin, which is noted for its ease of use, low cost, and high efficacy (up to 90% for sarcoids and 70-90% for carcinomas). ... Read More


Melanomas: Gray Horses vs. Solid-Colored Horses

August 19, 2003

A recent Austrian study has shown that melanomas in gray horses are less malignant than those found in solid-colored horses characterized by early metastases (cancer that started from cancer cells from another part of the body). Researchers... Read More


The Gray Gene

October 23, 2002

British scientists have identified the distinctive gene that gives about 3% of the Thoroughbred population the gray coat color, and they plan to continue studying the genetics in hopes of learning why grays are more prone to developing melanomas... Read More


Equine Lymphoma Cancer

March 01, 2002

Is equine lymphoma cancer hereditary? I had to euthanize my 5-year-old Quarter Horse recently because he had this. ... Read More


Common Skin Issues for Horses

September 17, 2001

 The horse's largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to... Read More



September 17, 2001

Ovariectomy is a procedure that generally is performed to remove an abnormal ovary. Occasionally, an ovariectomy is performed in fillies or mares which have particularly bad behavior during their heat cycle in an effort to make them more... Read More


Hair Loss in Horses

April 01, 2001

Tracking down the reason for skin disorders often becomes an exercise in sleuthing. One important element to consider is whether or not your horse is itching and rubbing out the hair, or if the hair is simply missing because of a disease or immune pr... Read More