February 24, 2010
Veterinarians agreed that vaccination is a critical component of an equine health maintenance program. A Table Topic on Vaccinations was part of the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in earl... Read More
February 20, 2010
When watching your wallet, it's also important to remember that trimming many veterinary expenses may cost you more in the end.
"Horses can be very expensive animals to own and maintain," said April Knudson, DVM, manage... Read More
February 17, 2010
A 300-horse study sought to find the vaccination protocol that best prevents flu in horses--intranasal (IN) or intramuscular (IM), given as a single dose or two doses given 30 days apart (boosted). Researchers also looked at boosting an initial ... Read More
February 17, 2010
One of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo. Cuando se esta en cabalgata, hay posibilidades que los caballos hagan contacto con animales infectados con rabia. Hay un serio tropiezo por que un caballo infectado pud... Read More
February 16, 2010
Acting Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association president and Atlanta defense lawyer Robert Meier has been asked by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to put together an advisory panel to complete an economic impact study on t... Read More
February 09, 2010
Equine influenza (the "flu") used to be considered a mere annoyance by many, but major outbreaks such as H1N1/swine flu in humans and the Australian equine influenza outbreak of 2007 have changed our thinking. These days, when a flu o... Read More
February 08, 2010
It's a variant of Murphy's Law: Anytime you think you have a handle on something, the unexpected happens and you're off balance again. The equine health world might be in this boat now concerning West Nile virus infection in horses.... Read More
February 08, 2010
More than 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "When does your veterinarian give your horse(s) spring shots?" ... Read More
February 03, 2010
Rabies is one of those diseases you want to avoid at all costs--it's rapidly progressive, fatal, and can be transmitted from your horse (or any other infected animal) to you. While vaccines are available for horses, no data was published on... Read More
February 01, 2010
When we only had one vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV) in horses, vaccination was quite simple. Then when different types of vaccines came along, the waters got a little muddier, especially for pregnant mares in which breeders feared risking no... Read More
January 19, 2010
According to a recent report issued by the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office, the number of reported cases of rabies rose from 45 in 2008 to 46 in 2009. However, the number of cases has doubled in the last five years.
Although... Read More
January 18, 2010
More than 2,500 horses received vaccinations through the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC). Established in December 2008, the UHVRC is now accepting applications for 2010.
"It is wonderful to see larger organizat... Read More
January 06, 2010
TheHorse.com is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More
December 23, 2009
A variety of environmental factors might be related to West Nile virus infections in horses, reported a Florida research team lead by Leslie M.V. Rios, PhD, from the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.... Read More
December 11, 2009
Lymphoid cells are found to be weaker in older horses, thus, causing weaker immune systems as they age.... Read More
November 23, 2009
New equine West Nile virus vaccines have been approved by the USDA. The vaccine line, called Vetera, is manufactured by Boehringer-Ingelheim, a privately held pharmaceutical company.
The Vetera line of West Nile virus vaccines... Read More
November 06, 2009
Merck & Co. Inc. has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation.
"With our merger now complete, we are ready to deliver on the promise of a new Merck built on ... Read More
November 03, 2009
Boehringer Ingelheim, a global pharmaceutical group of companies, together with its U.S. animal health business Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., has closed its deal with Pfizer to acquire a significant portion of the Fort Dodge Animal... Read More
October 20, 2009
One of the most often used and least understood immunological terms is antibody titer. But what does titer mean, and how can this information be used in assessing the immune status of a horse?
A titer is defined as the... Read More
October 05, 2009
September 22, 2009
When a horse is infected with rabies, the outcome is invariably fatal. But taking the simple step of ensuring an annual vaccination for your horse will nearly eliminate your horse’s risk of contracting this deadly disease.
In observation of... Read More
September 21, 2009
Livestock producers in areas with a history of anthrax cases should take measures to protect their animals from the disease, North Dakota animal health officials advise.
"We have just received confirmation of a case of anthrax in cattle... Read More
September 06, 2009
Many equine health professionals are worried that because of the economic recession that's lasted more than a year, many horses are either not vaccinated or are under-vaccinated to protect them agasint common diseases.
According to the... Read More
September 03, 2009
As of Aug. 25, Florida led the United States in the number of documented equine cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease with mortality rates of around 90% in horses. Washington state officials had confirmed the most... Read More
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