Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

February 01, 2005

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Equine Ulcers--More Than Just a Stomach Ache

February 01, 2005

The creation of the long fiberoptic flexible endoscope opened a new world to equine veterinarians and researchers who for the first time were able to view a living horse's stomach. What they found was that horses get gastric ulcers frequently... Read More

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One Dose of WNV Recombinant Vaccine Could Help Control Outbreaks

January 31, 2005

A recent study at Colorado State University (CSU) found that your horse might have the ability to fight off West Nile virus (WNV) less than a month after receiving a single-dose vaccination against the disease. The challenge study tested Merial'... Read More

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Tegaserod Enhances Gut Motility in Horses

January 28, 2005

A recent study conducted at the University of Berne Equine Clinic in Switzerland demonstrated that the prokinetic (promoting movement) drug tegaserod stimulated gut motility and accelerated gastrointestinal transit in healthy horses. The study... Read More

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Third Case of Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed at Northville Downs

January 26, 2005

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Dan Wyant announced the confirmation of a third case of equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1) at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., on Jan. 20. One barn at Northville Downs has been placed under... Read More

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Second Domestic Animal in Illinois Dies of Rabies

January 26, 2005

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's animal disease lab in Galesburg has confirmed that a cow owned by an eastern Bureau County resident tested positive for rabies on Jan. 13, the second domestic animal to be euthanized due to this disease i... Read More

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Kentucky Lifts Last of Vesicular Stomatitis Bans

January 25, 2005

Kentucky state veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted an embargo last week on the importation of livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado. This embargo had been enacted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), and it... Read More

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Postoperative Colic Survival

January 18, 2005

Can a practitioner predict a horse's chances of survival after colic surgery? Not with absolute certainty, but several factors can help that prediction, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Nort... Read More

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Colic in Geriatrics

January 18, 2005

Older horses are at higher risk for certain types of colic, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery in North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He reported on studies of older... Read More

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Cauda Equina Syndrome in Horses

January 18, 2005

Many horse owners are unfamiliar with the neurologic disease called cauda equina syndrome.... Read More

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Maximizing the Benefits of Influenza Vaccination

January 18, 2005

"Beware the vaccination paradox!" began J. Richard Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, DipECVPH FRCVS, of the Animal Health Trust in Suffolk, United Kingdom, during his presentation on influenza vaccination at the 43rd annual British Equine... Read More

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U.K. Equine Viral Arteritis Restrictions Lifted

January 14, 2005

The stallion that tested positive for equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been returned to its country of origin and restrictions on the quarantine premises where it was being kept have now been lifted.

The horse, which had been imported... Read More

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New Mexico VS Embargo Lifted

January 14, 2005

New Mexico has been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, wrote the following in a letter to New Mexico's state veterinarian posted on the Kentucky Departmen... Read More

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Beware Botulism in Wet Weather

January 11, 2005

Wet weather is known to give rise to increases in some equine diseases, including botulism, Potomac horse fever, and mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, and Eastern, Western, and Venezuelean equine encephalitis. One veterinarian at... Read More

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Rabies Detected in an Illinois Horse

January 06, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials announced last week that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines Developed by the AAEP

January 06, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccination guidelines. This information is intended as a supplement to the AAEP's Guidelines for Vaccination of Horses (January 2001).... Read More

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Additional WNV Treatment Receives Conditional License

January 04, 2005

In the treatment of horses suffering from the West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company... Read More

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Do Horses Have Heart Attacks?

January 01, 2005

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.... Read More

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Ulcers in Horses: A Pain in the Gut

January 01, 2005

The amazing part of the problem for our horses is that while stress is a known cause for ulcers, it can take only a matter of days for ulcers to start. And besides GastroGard, the only approved treatment is to take horses out of training and put them... Read More

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Adverse Effects Associated With Systemic NSAIDs

January 01, 2005

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) drugs are an important component of therapy for equine pain, but according to researchers at North Carolina State University's (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, overuse and misuse of NSAIDs can... Read More

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Bute, Colitis, and Ulcers

January 01, 2005

The equine esophagus extends into the first one-third of the stomach, making horses susceptible to acid reflux disease. Naturally present bacteria can colonize in ulcers, and the stomach acid can keep them from healing.... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

December 28, 2004

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized. The first case was discovered Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Crunching the Numbers: California's Equine WNV Mortality Rate

December 23, 2004

California horse owners have been keenly aware of the problem presented by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004, but the problem took a deadly turn last year. The virus was discovered in all but one of the Golden State's 58 counties, leaving only Del... Read More

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Britain's EVA Case Described

December 20, 2004

Britain's Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that its recent case of equine viral arteritis (EVA) occurred in a non-Thoroughbred stallion which was passing through the country from Holland to New... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

December 17, 2004

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky horses could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his Masters thesis on... Read More