Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

Article

The Goal is a Foal

January 01, 2004

If your broodmare or stallion is having reproductive problems, you might need a specialist to figure out what's wrong. And that specialist might use knowledge gained from the annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology held in Columbus,... Read More

Article

The Future of Horses with HYPP

December 30, 2003

Letter to the Editor:

This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met.  His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  Mr.... Read More

Article

New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Approved

December 24, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and can be seen by clicking here.

A new West Nile virus (WNV)... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Structure Described

December 15, 2003

Using cryoelectron microscopy and advanced imaging techniques, the Purdue team has determined the orientation of the major surface proteins in a West Nile viral particle.... Read More

Article

Kentucky Equine WNV Cases Drop in 2003

December 15, 2003

Cases of West Nile virus (WNV)in Kentucky equine declined dramatically in 2003 compared with the previous year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture reported.

The KDA said 102 Kentucky equids were confirmed with WNV  this... Read More

Article

Equine Placenta Workshop: Placentitis

December 12, 2003

Mats Troedsson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, University of Florida (with co-author Walter Zent, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.), discussed clinical ultrasound in evaluation of the equine placenta to identify and treat mares with placentitis. He said placentitis is a... Read More

Article

Great Britain Revises Codes on Infectious Diseases

December 11, 2003

Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board has extensively changed its codes of practice regarding the infectious diseases contagious equine metritis (CEM), equine herpesvirus (EHV), and equine viral arteritis (EVA), which can severely disrupt... Read More

Article

Champion Our Mims Dead at Age 29

December 10, 2003

Champion filly Our Mims was euthanized at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. on Dec. 9. The 1977 champion, who was 29 years old, died after suffering a bout of colic and was buried at Calumet Farm near Lexington, Ky.

A... Read More

Article

Equine Placenta and Possible Problems

December 08, 2003

A two-day exclusive gathering of leading reproductive researchers and practitioners from around the world convened at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky., Dec. 5-6, to discuss the equine placenta. From the evolutionary... Read More

Article

New Combination Vaccines Include WNV Protection

December 05, 2003

In 2004, your veterinarian's truck might be stocked with a new combination vaccine--protection against West Nile virus (WNV) has been folded into routinely used three-way and four-way vaccines. The new combinations, manufactured by Fort Dodge... Read More

Article

New West Nile Virus Equine Recombinant DNA Vaccine Anticipated

December 04, 2003

Editor's note: A letter to the editor from Fort Dodge Animal Health cited inaccuracies in this article and has been included below.

A new West Nile virus (WNV) equine... Read More

Article

More on the New EPM Treatment

December 03, 2003

(Revised 12/5/03) Horse owners have a new option for treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) following the Nov. 19 U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of nitazoxanide. This medication has been under development... Read More

Article

Tail Rubbing

December 01, 2003

One of our mares rubs her butt on everything, all the time. It messes up the top of her tail, and she always has these big scratch marks across her butt.

We can't seem to get her to stop it. We have dewormed her regularly and... Read More

Article

Mare Breeding Problems: Make Room for Baby

December 01, 2003

One of your main objectives whether you own or work with broodmares should be to produce the maximum number of live, healthy foals from the mares bred during the previous season.... Read More

Article

CDC Prediction: California Might be WNV Epicenter in 2004

December 01, 2003

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official has predicted that the West Coast will be hit hard with West Nile virus (WNV) next year, particularly California.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Lyle Peterson, MD,... Read More

Article

FDA Approves New EPM Treatment

November 20, 2003

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. announced Nov. 19 that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and sell Navigator (32% nitazoxanide) antiprotozoal oral paste, a new treatment for equine protozoal myeloencephaliti... Read More

Article

West Nile Virus Treatment: Plasma Product Licensed

November 05, 2003

Since December 2001, the donors have been vaccinated multiple times with the West Nile Virus vaccine. The company had to prove purity, safety, and reasonable expectation of efficacy to have the plasma conditionally licensed for treating WNV.... Read More

Article

More MRLS Research

November 04, 2003

Mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been a primary research project for many veterinarians and scientists since it began causing early and late term abortions, sickness in foals, pericarditis (heart problems), and uveitis (eye problems) i... Read More

A Belgian mare with botulism is placed into a hydraulic lift at Ohio State University.

Article

Beware of Botulism!

November 01, 2003

Botulism is not seen frequently in horses, but some areas are more prone to this deadly disease than others.... Read More

Article

Diagnosing Grass Sickness

November 01, 2003

Equine grass sickness is so named because it occurs in the spring in pastured horses which are eager to eat plentiful green grass. Its cause is unknown, but the result is destruction of the nerves of the gastrointestinal system, which is often... Read More

Article

Folic Acid Supplementation

November 01, 2003

Sulphadiazine and pyrimethamine are used in combination to treat equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). These drugs interfere with folic acid (folate) metabolism, a vitamin essential for survival of the causative protozoon Sarcocystis... Read More

Article

Diagnosing Septic Foals

November 01, 2003

No one test can reliably diagnose septicemia (systemic infection) in a foal. The clinician must wait for the results of blood cultures, which can take days. However, preliminary studies of a blood protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) have shown... Read More

Article

Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate: Winning With Air

November 01, 2003

Horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) characteristically make a "choking" noise as they slow down from the resulting partial airway obstruction, hence the term "choking down" to describe them.... Read More

Article

Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak in Oregon

November 01, 2003

Since Aug. 10, 16 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm have shown respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all were tested for the... Read More

Article

MRLS and Caterpillar Hairs

November 01, 2003

There is new evidence that the setae (hair-like projections) on Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can become embedded in the submucosal lining of the alimentary tract (from the mouth to the colon) of animals and cause microgranulomas (small,... Read More