Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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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

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Equine Viral Arteritis Detected in Suffolk, U.K.

December 17, 2004

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood tes... Read More

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Ulcer Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

December 04, 2004

Horse owners will be able to prevent painful gastric ulcers in their horses with a new omeprazole product that has just been approved for equine use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product will be available through veterinarians... Read More

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West Nile Virus DNA Vaccine Awaits Approval

December 02, 2004

A new vaccine to protect horses against West Nile virus (WNV) has been developed and submitted for USDA review. If approved, it would be the first commercially available DNA vaccine for any mammalian or animal species.

Steve Chu, DVM,... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More

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Allergic Reactions: Types and Treatment

December 01, 2004

An allergy is a condition in which the body reacts adversely (locally or systemically) to a certain substance.... Read More

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What Is Stringhalt?

December 01, 2004

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... Read More

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GastroGard vs. a Generic Drug

December 01, 2004

It has been reported that more than 80% of highly trained horses will develop gastric ulcers. But only one anti-ulcer drug, GastroGard, has been found to significantly decrease the risk of developing moderate to severe gastric ulcers during... Read More

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Medicinal Control of Tying-Up

December 01, 2004

Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium) is used to control exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER, also called tying-up) in horses. Diagnosis of ER is typically confirmed by a finding of increased serum creatine kinase (CK), which is often greater than 1,000 IU at... Read More

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Vets Prepared for Hurricanes

December 01, 2004

In the days leading up to Hurricane Frances' landfall in Florida, it became apparent that if Marion County were to sustain significant damage from the storm, there was no plan to address ensuing problems relative to the equine population. On... Read More

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All Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Texas

December 01, 2004

For the first time since May 19, Texas has no livestock restrictions due to vesicular stomatitis (VS), a blistering disease thought to be transmitted by sand flies and black flies that appears every few years in the Southwest. Sick livestock... Read More

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Plaintiff Would Cooperate in Saddlebred's Exhumation

December 01, 2004

The owner of the ranch near Versailles, Ky., where an American Saddlebred was buried after brutal attacks led to his eventual euthanasia, has expressed in court documents that she would cooperate with requests for exhuming the horse's body if it... Read More

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Contact Lenses for Horses

December 01, 2004

While they aren't used to improve vision in horses, soft contact lenses can be used to protect the eye and facilitate healing in horses with non-infected ulcerations. Reasons to avoid contacts for a particular horse include reduced tear production... Read More

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Australian Mystery Disease

November 29, 2004

Reports have been circulating that there is a disease similar to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) occurring in Australia. In a correspondence, Nigel Perkins, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACT, FACVSc, of the private consulting firm AusVet Animal Health... Read More

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NC State Veterinary Researchers Discover New Adverse Effects Associated With Systemic NSAID Use in Horses

November 24, 2004

RALEIGH, N.C., November 19, 2004—Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the cornerstone of treatment for many painful conditions in horses, including arthritis, laminitis, and colic.  Although these drugs are an important... Read More

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Rabies in Kentucky--2003 and 2004

November 12, 2004

In 2003, The Kentucky Department for Public Health Division of Laboratory Services and the Breathitt Veterinary Center received 1,217 animal specimens from Kentucky counties for rabies testing. There were 52 (4.3%) samples unsuitable for testing... Read More

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Surgery to Address Roman Ruler's Ridgling Condition

November 05, 2004

Fog City Stable's Thoroughbred Roman Ruler, fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, is scheduled to undergo surgery Nov. 7 to remove an undescended testicle.

"He's a cryptorchid... Read More

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Impact of Valvular Heart Disease on Performance

November 03, 2004

Results of a four-year prospective study designed to determine the influence of training and heart size on atrioventricular (AV) valvular regurgitation (backflow of blood from the lower to the upper heart chambers) in Thoroughbred racehorses, an... Read More

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West Nile Virus Update for 2004

November 03, 2004

West Nile virus has continued its inexorable spread westward across the United States and its presence is now confirmed in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. As of October 27, the USDA reported a total of 1192 equine cases throughout the Unite... Read More

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Thoroughbred American Chance Dead

November 03, 2004

Nationally ranked and top ranking New York Thoroughbred sire American Chance died on Tuesday, Oct. 18 while standing Southern Hemisphere duties at La Providencia in Argentina. The San Isidro Equine Hospital in Buenos Aires cited colitis-X as the... Read More

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Don't Bypass a Veterinarian

November 01, 2004

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... Read More