Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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N.J. Track's Caution is Judicious and Smart, Says Vet Expert

October 25, 2006

Little information will be available on the status of five horses that developed fevers at Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey until tests are returned on nasal swabs from the animals. The horses reportedly have not shown any neurologic signs.... Read More

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Equine Herpes Scare Forces Ban on Shipping

October 24, 2006

A possible case of equine herpes at Monmouth Park has led New Jersey sports officials to ban the shipment of thoroughbred horses out of the state.

Horses stabled at Monmouth Park still will be allowed to race at the Meadowlands for the current... Read More

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New Claim: Arsenic Poisoning Killed Phar Lap

October 23, 2006

Arsenic killed Australasia's greatest racehorse Phar Lap near San Francisco 74 years ago, a new scientific study alleges. The story in the Rupert-Murdoch-owned (Melbourne) Sun-Herald suggests that the finding 'reveals' that Phar Lap was... Read More

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Different Origin of Insect Hypersensitivity in Icelandics?

October 23, 2006

Insect bite hypersensitivity might have a different origin in Icelandic horses than in horses of other breeds.... Read More

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Possible Virus Has Mid-Atlantic Tracks Taking Action

October 23, 2006

Philadelphia Park, Penn National Race Course, and Delaware Park have closed their stable gates to horses stabled at Monmouth Park, based on information that several horses at the New Jersey racetrack have exhibited signs of the equine... Read More

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Possible EHV-1 Cases Have Tracks On-Guard

October 23, 2006

The racing industry is safeguarding against equine herpesvirus-1 in light of a possible equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where several horses have developed fevers and are being tested for the illness.... Read More

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Ultrasonography for Laryngeal Evaluation

October 22, 2006

Endoscopy is the current diagnostic method of choice for evaluating the equine upper airway. However, veterinarians at Cornell University for the first time have described ultrasound techniques for evaluating the equine larynx, and they say the... Read More

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Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center Offering Acupuncture Services

October 22, 2006

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center has begun offering acupuncture to its patients.

The new service, which became available in September 2006, is being provided by Alison A. Smith, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, a clinical... Read More

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Uveitis and a Detached Retina: Surgery to Save Horse's Vision

October 21, 2006

The horse, Lexius (Lexi), a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, had an infection in the vitreous that caused chronic inflammation and uveitis in both eyes. The most likely cause of the infection is the bacteria leptospirosis.... Read More

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CEM Reported in Wisconsin

October 21, 2006

Wisconsin animal health officials have reported two cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) in Mount Horeb to the Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health). A ProMED-mail post announced the disease... Read More

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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

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New HorseTV Series Features Equine Traditions Around the World

October 20, 2006

The new series debut of The Horsemen and world and U.S. premieres featuring top competitions and magazine series headline The HorseTV Channel's programming lineup in November.

The HorseTV Channel's new 20-episode series The... Read More

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Aggressive Coyotes Worry Connecticut Horse Owners

October 20, 2006

A yearling Quarter Horse sustained severe injuries Wednesday (Oct. 18) after being attacked by what is believed to be an aggressive pack of coyotes, reports NBC30, a... Read More

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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

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Another EEE Bird Found in New Hampshire

October 18, 2006

New Hampshire Public Health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a blue jay found in Dover, according to an Oct. 17 press release. A total of five birds have tested positive for EEE in the state this year, in addition to... Read More

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Diagnosis of Upper Airway Disorders at Rest Alone Is Unreliable

October 16, 2006

United Kingdom researchers recently reported that endoscopic examinations of upper airway obstructions in horses at rest and without the use of a treadmill can be unreliable and should not be used alone to diagnose conditions and determine... Read More

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

October 12, 2006

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that... Read More

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West Nile Virus Detected in France

October 11, 2006

French veterinary officials have reported the confirmation of the country's first equine West Nile virus (WNV) case in two years. The case was detected in Pyrenees-Orientales (southern France) on a farm located at Argeles-sur-mer.

There... Read More

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New Hampshire Town Fends Off EEE

October 11, 2006

The town of Hudson recently canceled all nighttime sports, postponed a high school football game, and sprayed mosquito-killing insecticide to get rid of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

There's just a few more weeks of bug season... Read More

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How S. Neurona Gets to the Horse's Central Nervous System

October 09, 2006

Scientists have shown the protozoan parasite that causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) might enter the horse's central nervous system hidden in leukocytes (white blood cells) that cross the blood-brain barrier.

"Horses are... Read More

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Respiratory Recordings

October 05, 2006

A new device can record respiratory sounds when horses exercise in a normal environment.... Read More

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Research Demonstrates Improved Colostrum Through Targeted Nutrition

October 04, 2006

New research conducted by Freedom Health, LLC shows that Succeed Digestive Conditioning Program has a positive effect on the immunoglobulin levels of a mare's milk, or colostrum, when added to the diet 90 days prior to foaling. Immunoglobulins... Read More

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Influenza Cases Emerge in Paso Fino Show Horses

October 04, 2006

At least 15 cases of equine influenza were detected in the wake of the Paso Fino Horse Association's 34th Annual Grand National Championship Show, which was held Sept. 17-23 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and AgriCenter in Perry,... Read More

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Kentucky's WNV Case Count Rises to 15

October 02, 2006

The Office of the State Veterinarian in Kentucky reported an additional equine case of West Nile virus (WNV) today. This brings the total for 2006 to 15 cases.

The 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding in Webster County began showing signs o... Read More

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Guelph Researchers Working on New R. Equi Vaccine

October 02, 2006

Canadian researchers are working to develop a more effective vaccine for Rhodococcus equi that they hope will protect foals as young as three weeks of age from the harmful bacterium.

Rhodococcus equi lives in the soil... Read More