Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Treatment for Ringworm

March 01, 2005

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Q: I have consulted with three local veterinarians about the best way to treat ringworm. Each one gave me a different treatment recommendation. What is the most effective way to treat ringworm?      Mary


A: Ringworm, which is not actually a worm but a fungal infection, is most likely a normal inhabitant of the skin

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A Rare and Fatal Disease

February 01, 2005

Q. What can you tell me about Tyzzer's disease? I've heard of only two cases in the last 20 years.

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Getting Back to Work

February 01, 2005

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My 5-year-old mare has been suffering from an odd gait problem for a few weeks. She "hikes up" her right hind leg from the hock at a walk, but is perfectly sound at the trot and canter. She has been diagnosed with a form of tenosynovitis involving the tendon sheath of the digital deep flexor tendon in the area of the Achilles tendon above the hock. She does not appear to be uncomfortable or i

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Are We Over-Vaccinating?

February 01, 2005

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Q: Is there a reliable test to check the titer of immunity before we revaccinate each year for flu, rhino, etc.? Why is a tetanus shot good for five or more years in humans and only one year or less in the equine?           Samantha


A: The equine veterinary community has been doing

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Nutrition During Stall Rest

January 01, 2005

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I purchased a 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with a fractured knee. My veterinarian put him on lay-up for an additional four months of stall rest (he has already had two months) with hand walking twice a day. Then, after additional X rays, he is to be turned out to pasture for another eight months before he can begin any training. I am concerned about nutrition during both the period of stal

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Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

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My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place, so I opted to leave it in a cast for eight weeks and let it heal naturally. After babying my filly for eight months, she's currently sound at all gaits, although she

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Do Horses Have Heart Attacks?

January 01, 2005

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Q: I read about horses that have died of apparent "heart attacks" during competitions, breeding, and even out in the field. I have had veterinarians tell me there is no such thing as a horse having a heart attack. What are people talking about when they report a horse has died of a heart attack?     Molly

 

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What Is Stringhalt?

December 01, 2004

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Q: My 29-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been diagnosed with a condition that my veterinarian called "stringhalt." He indicated that this condition is rare in this breed and in this location of the United States (northwestern Pennsylvania). What causes this condition? What is the treatment and

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Joint Supplements and Vitamins

December 01, 2004

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Q: I have a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has been in training for three months. When should I start giving him a joint supplement? Also, when should I begin giving him a vitamin supplement?

Sarah


A: Well, to be honest, your question supposes that you need to be givin

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Is Tubal Ligation a Viable Choice?

December 01, 2004

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Has laparoscopic unilateral tubal ligation reached a level of safety and success for mares, or is it a procedure yet to be useful and/or effective or cost prohibitive? Why or why not?      Samantha


Laparoscopic tubal ligation has been shown to be feasible by Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of equine science at

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Don't Bypass a Veterinarian

November 01, 2004

Q. I have an older Tennessee Walking Horse with Cushing's disease. She has been on Cipro for some time. She foundered long before I got her, but it has become chronic. I have been able to maintain her to a point, but she is losing weight and I have a difficult time getting her to eat. She has a lump under her throatlatch that seems to change in size when I put her on Bactrim antibiotics. Is it

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Is Millet a Problem in the Pasture?

November 01, 2004

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I am considering moving my two mares to 10 acres of land that had been planted with millet feed last spring. Because of the lack of moisture, the millet only grew to be about five inches high, then dried out and died. I am going to wait and see what comes up in the 10 acres this spring, but I'm wondering if it would be bad for my horses to graze on if it came up again in the 10

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

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Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young for such a severe case. My hope had always been to breed her at about this point in her life, but it seems a shame to breed a horse with this gene (if

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Clean Hooves Before Treating Thrush

October 01, 2004

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My 13-year-old Morgan has had very bad thrush for six years. The most recent treatment our vet recommended is soaking the feet in Epsom salts and packing them with iodine-soaked gauze. He's stalled when it's wet, and the stall is cleaned daily. We've tried this for about six weeks; as with the other treatments, we've seen little to no improvement. Do you know any other treatments or possible

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Feeding the Cushingoid Horse

October 01, 2004

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Can you provide more information on feeding the Cushing's horse? My dressage horse has Cushing's and is on cyproheptadine and Thyro-L, grass hay, and a quarter-cup of 10% sweet feed. I am worried he is not getting the essential vitamins.              Anita


The truly Cushingoid horse is glucose

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

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Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further treatments.      Katie Fennimore


It is not clear why the mare is on dexamethasone, so I am assuming

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Colic

September 01, 2004

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Q: I have a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who is HYPP N/H positive. This horse is very gassy and tends to colic once a month, which causes a minor HYPP attack. I have tried everything, from changing his diet (no grain) to just oats, beet pulp, and grass, to giving him Prozyme and other products that have not worked. I think he seems a little anxious (worried) most of the

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Corneal Endothelial Degeneration

August 01, 2004

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My horse has corneal endothelial degeneration. My veterinarian and I have been using a "control" schedule for some time, but I would like some information about the condition.    Janine


The cornea of the horse eye is slightly thicker than 1 mm. It consists of outer layers of epithelial cells, a middle stroma made of protein, and a single layer

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

Q. My stallion is going in for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle). He has never bred any mares and is well behaved. This spring, his testicle started swelling on hot days and my veterinarian recommended the surgery. What is the expected recovery time and how long do I need to wait until I can turn him out with mares?

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Confusion About Substitute Drugs

August 01, 2004

Q. Until approximately two years ago, I had my retired Quarter Horse on both Legend and Adequan. A change in our choice of vets convinced me that her "generic" MAP-5 and Chondroprotect were just as good and cheaper. Can you address this?

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Protecting the Elbow From the Shoe

July 01, 2004

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I'm desperate to find some way to prevent my 20-year-old Thoroughbred mare from cutting her elbow on her egg-bar shoe when lying down. She has been wearing egg-bars on her front feet to give her a little extra support since she pulled her front right suspensory for the second time. The egg-bars themselves seem to be fine; she is going great in them, jumping small jumps, and primarily doing

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Can Horses React to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak?

July 01, 2004

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Q: There is quite a bit of poison oak and poison ivy on the acreage where I keep my horses. I have recently added a 2-year-old Thoroughbred mix, and she immediately broke out on her legs and muzzle with small rash-like, raised bumps that remind me of my allergic reactions to poison oak. I am trying to isolate her from it, but it is difficult, as it seems to be everywhere

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Patent Urachus

June 01, 2004

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I have a 10-day-old orphaned foal. When she urinates, it also comes from her navel. I have talked to our vet, but would like to read more about this condition.              via e-mail


Patent urachus is the term used to describe the condition of urine dripping from the navel. When the fetus is in the

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Mangoes Toxic to Horses?

June 01, 2004

Q. Q: In our horse paddock there are four mango trees. Our horses often eat the mangoes that fall off the tree. We were wondering if it is possible for our horses to get sick from eating too many mangoes. A: Mango has not been reported to be toxic to horses. The skin of the fruit, leaves, and bark does contain some compounds similar to the compound in poison ivy that can cause a

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Chickens, Ducks, and Horses

May 01, 2004

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Q: My horse is on a neighbor's land that is on loan. I pick up the pasture and run-in twice a day. My concern is that my neighbor bought over 100 different species of chickens and ducks that run free. They are constantly in my horse's shed, her pasture, and our backyard. Their feces are everywhere. He then purchased several goats and four sheep. The chickens wander into their

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