Foal Care

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Cataracts in Foals

May 23, 2009

Horses can be born with cataracts due to developmental or heritable causes--known as congenital cataracts. Foals with cataracts often present very early in life, usually at 1 to 2 months of age. Typically, the owners will notice the whiteness in... Read More

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Foal Rejection and Maternal Behavior

May 11, 2009

Foal rejection is a heartbreaking twist to an otherwise normal foaling and unless the mare has rejected a foal before, there is no way to predict if and when it will happen.... Read More

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Building Immunity

May 01, 2009

The foal’s immune system is almost a blank slate at birth; researchers are figuring out how to best protect horses as they grow.

The process of building immunity against disease-causing pathogens for a horse begins with a... Read More

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Diazepam Levels in Foals

March 27, 2009

The combination of ketamine and diazepam (Valium) commonly comprise anesthesia agents in horses. However, she added, many surgeons steer away from the combination when anesthetizing mares that are suffering from dystocia (difficult birth).... Read More

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AAEP Releases White Paper on Equine Blood Products

March 23, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released a white paper to help practitioners make informed decisions regarding the use of equine plasma and serum products.

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Kester News Hour

March 17, 2009

Top 2008 equine studies include lawsonia, EPM, heart murmurs, etc., at the AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Foal Pneumonia (Rhodococcus equi)

March 11, 2009

Rhodococcus equi is a soil bacterium that causes severe pneumonia in foals.... Read More

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Marion DuPont Scott EMC Cares for Foals At Risk

March 06, 2009

Welcoming a healthy foal can be a challenge when the mare or the foal has health problems. At Virginia Tech's Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, expert faculty and staff have experience in helping achieve a good birthing outcome as well... Read More

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Immunostimulants for Foals

March 04, 2009

A product that could stimulate the immune systems of newborn foals to better fight infection of Rhodococcus equi would be very beneficial, said Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, of the University of Florida, at the 2008 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Lavender Foal Study Needs Participants

March 02, 2009

Researchers at Cornell University announced plans to conduct a new study focused on Lavender Foal Syndrome/Coat Color Dilution Lethal (LFS/CCDL). The project, led by Samantha Brooks, PhD, and in collaboration with Doug Antczak, VMD, PhD, and Don... Read More

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Lawsonia Intracellularis Vaccination (AAEP 2008)

February 27, 2009

Pusterla discussed the effectiveness of three vaccination strategies against L. intracellularis, which causes proliferative enteropathy (a spreading intestinal disease). "Although the clinical entity (L. intracellularis infection), diagnostic evalua... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Emergency Foal CPR

February 12, 2009

Performing the “A-B-C-Ds” of resuscitation might help save your foal’s life while waiting for the vet.... Read More

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Critically Ill Foals Saved by UF Equine Neonatal ICU

February 10, 2009

The foal unit is Florida's only equine neonatal ICU that provides treatment by board-certified internists for critically ill foals and their dams, around-the-clock, 365 days a year.... Read More

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Emergency Foal CPR

February 01, 2009

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat. This most often... Read More

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Know the Stages of Mare Labor

January 27, 2009

As foaling season approaches, horse owners who are expecting foals this year should know how to recognize the signs of labor in a foaling mare. The normal gestation length for a mare can range from 320 to 360 days, with the average being around... Read More

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Diabetic Foal: Human Glucose Monitor Attempt Fails

January 12, 2009

A continuous glucose monitoring device normally used in humans has proven no match for the typical foal antics of Justin Credible, a foal with the first recorded case of type-1... Read More

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Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 06, 2009

A look at equine vaccine options, the necessity of each, and how to plan for boosters throughout the year. ... Read More

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Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More

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Dam Wins Battle of the Sexes to Protect Foal

December 29, 2008

After witnessing a rare (and unsuccessful) infanticide attack by a stallion on a one-hour-old foal, behavior researcher Meeghan Gray, PhD, from the University of Nevada, Reno, reported findings from the macabre event.

"In this first report... Read More

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Human Medical Tools Might Help Foal Live with Diabetes

December 18, 2008

High-tech medical devices normally reserved for humans might prove helpful in managing the health of Justin Credible, the colt with the first documented case of type-1... Read More

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Foal Immunity (AAEP 2008)

December 07, 2008

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Kentucky Colt with Type-1 Diabetes Might Be First

December 03, 2008

A colt born with type-1 diabetes might be the first documented equine case of the illness, according to his veterinarian, Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.

The Kentucky Mountain Saddle... Read More

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Prepare Now for January Foaling

December 02, 2008

Foals start arriving in January, so having all of the necessary equipment organized and ready to go is a project best completed in December. There are basic supplies that are important to have on hand for foaling mares. These should be in a kit or ... Read More

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Impending Arrival

December 01, 2008

Determining when a mare will foal is art and science, but there are tests to help you pinpoint the due date.

Gestation in mares is estimated to last about 340 days, but this is just an average, since mares often foal as... Read More