Poisoning & Toxicity

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Explanation: Ergotism or Ergot Poisoning

May 16, 2001

At the industry-wide meeting on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Steve Jackson, an equine nutrition consultant and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, an extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky's College of... Read More

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Poisonous Plants

May 01, 2001

At a training barn in Washington, two prized half-Arabian horses munched on wood chip bedding that had been delivered to the facility. Moments later, both were dead. Among the chips lay a branch of yew, a type of evergreen that can be fatal to... Read More

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How Much Bute Is Too Much?

July 01, 2000

My veterinarian recently prescribed "Bute" when my gelding came up sore after an endurance ride. He advised a specific dosage, but I wonder if I could be helping my horse more by increasing the amount of Bute or giving it to him more often.... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis And Treatment

July 01, 2000

When tall fescue first arrived in the United States during the 1940s, it was considered a wonder grass. It was easy to establish, it yielded a good amount of forage, it was tolerant of a wide range of management regimens, and it could handle a... Read More

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Feeding Horses Cattle Feed: Just Ruminating

September 01, 1999

On the surface, cattle feeds might look like an appropriate choice for your horses, but nutritionally, there are a number of important differences. They have major digestive and metabolic differences that make their dietary needs quite diverse.... Read More

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Clemson University Discovery Could Be Used For Fescue Toxicosis

July 30, 1999

A medication used to treat nausea is now helping horse breeders produce healthier mares and foals and may someday help address problems of infertility in humans. Dee L. Cross, a Clemson University animal scientist,... Read More

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New Hay And Fescue Education Brochures Available To Horse Owners

July 09, 1999

Ensuring your horse is consuming essential nutrients -- and staying away from grasses that look nutritious but can pose a health risk -- are the topics of two new client-education brochures published by the American Association of Equine... Read More

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British Horse Society Warns Of Dangers Of Ragwort In Hay

July 02, 1999

The British Horse Society has issued a warning to all horse owners to beware of ragwort in hay. With a high prevalence of ragwort last summer, it is virtually impossible to guarantee that hay is completely ragwort... Read More

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Corn Spills The Beans

April 24, 1999

"Interrogate" corn kernels under strobe lights and they may admit aloud that they're harboring a toxin-producing fungus. Nowadays, Agricultural Research Service scientists with specially programmed computers find such... Read More

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Book On Over 10,000 Plants Released

April 16, 1999

A new book covering 10,000 of the world's economically important plants greatly expands upon an out-of-date, out-of-print reference long popular with botanists, other scientists, teachers, and others.

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USDA Researchers Create Highly Aflatoxin-Resistant Corn

March 26, 1999

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced a new corn line developed by USDA scientists that outshines all previous corn lines in its ability to naturally fend off aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that poses a... Read More

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New Hair Analysis Helps Diagnose Toxic Element Poisoning

March 05, 1999

A leading diagnostic lab has produced a new test to help veterinarians diagnose the hidden cause of some of the most common, yet deceptive, cases in veterinary medicine: toxic element accumulation.

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New Tests Nab Grain Toxins

February 19, 1999

New tools to detect mycotoxins that contaminate corn, barley, wheat and other commodities have been developed by an Agricultural Research Service scientist. ARS is USDA's chief scientific research agency.

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Light Shed On Mystery Horse Disease

February 19, 1999

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization—Australia's largest scientific research organization) Animal Health scientists have discovered more about the mysterious Hendra disease that killed two human... Read More

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Scientists Find New Clue To Treat Moldy Corn Poisoning

February 12, 1999

A disease that destroys brain cells in horses, moldy corn poisoning or equine leukoencephalomalacia (ELEM), is currently a death sentence. But promising new research findings may someday improve the odds.

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Ash Fork, Ariz., Information Line Established

February 12, 1999

A 1-800 information line was established today to aid Northern Arizona horse owners concerned by the recent death of several horses near Ash Fork, located west of Flagstaff off Interstate 40.

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Panic Or Procrastinate? What To Do if Your Horse Has Eaten a Poisonous Plant

September 01, 1998

You provide plenty of good quality feed, water, and turnout--do you still have to worry about your horse's getting sick from eating a poisonous plant? While common sense and good horse management are your horse's best protection... Read More

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Rx: Responsible Drug Use

August 01, 1998

Tranquilizers can calm a nervous, first-time dam and allow her to accept her foal; anti-inflammatory drugs may... Read More

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Endophyte-Infested Fescue: Hidden Dangers

March 01, 1997

Horse breeders noticed that they were having foaling problems with some mares which were grazing fescue grass or being fed fescue hay. Cattle producers reported that steers on fescue pastures or being fed fescue hay appeared to be unthrifty and that ... Read More