Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Have a Horse with Heaves?

November 13, 2002

Sarah Gardner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor of equine medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is looking for horses with heaves (chronic respiratory disease, COPD) as donations or that she can... Read More

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WNV Continues to Spread

November 06, 2002

As of Nov. 3, cases of equine illness caused this year by West Nile virus (WNV) confirmed at the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories had risen to 12,843; 12,105 cases more than the final case count for 2001. Vaccinating for WNV and... Read More

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Kentucky Farm Managers Address MRLS

November 06, 2002

President Eric Hamelback gave a sense of urgency as he opened the most recent meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, saying "we need to make plans for control now." Hamelback was referring to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, a... Read More

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The Colicky Foal

November 04, 2002

The first thing to decide in a foal with abdominal pain is if the colic is surgical or non-surgical, said Bernard. He stressed the importance of observance "before you jump on it" and start taking vitals and administering medications.... Read More

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Pilot Study Implicates Outer Portion of ETC

November 04, 2002

Since the beginning of the mare reproductive loss syndrome in 2001, there have been many theories as to the cause of the problems. Honing in on the extreme number of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) in 2001 and 2002, studies have shown that early... Read More

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One More Piece in MRLS Puzzle

November 01, 2002

Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Whatever caused early fetal losses and late-term abortions... Read More

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Soothing Itchy Eyes

November 01, 2002

My 20-year-old Appaloosa mare seems to have increasingly puffy, swollen eyes each spring and summer. ... Read More

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Guinea Grass Toxicity

November 01, 2002

I have a 12-year-old gelding that can't eat guinea grass (Panicum maximum), not even for three days, because it causes the hair around his face, neck, and belly to fall out in patches. As soon as he stops eating it, his hair grows back withi... Read More

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WNV Vaccine Challenge Study

November 01, 2002

Research and development representatives from Fort Dodge Animal Health (FDAH) presented results from their challenge study of the West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine on Sept. 18. The information was presented at the World Organisation for Animal Healt... Read More

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WNV Holds Up Australian Quarantine

November 01, 2002

The Australian Horse Industry Council congratulated quarantine authorities for their actions in the case of a horse which became sick during quarantine in Sydney and later was determined to have West Nile virus (WNV). Horse Council president Pau... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for WNV

November 01, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular Thoroughbred gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Sept. 9 with West Nile virus (WNV), said Bob Vallance, DVM, the horse's local veterinarian in Maryland.

Vallance was in daily... Read More

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Flair Strips Acquired By Merial

November 01, 2002

Merial, the company which makes GastroGard (omeprazole), Eqvalan (ivermectin) and Zimectrin (ivermectin) recently acquired Flair Equine Nasal Strips. The strips were invented by two equine veterinarians and developed in 1999 by CNS, Inc., which... Read More

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Equine Glaucoma

November 01, 2002

The glaucomas are a group of diseases resulting from alterations in the formation and drainage of aqueous humor (clear eye fluid), which causes an increase in intraocular (within the eye) pressure (IOP) above that compatible with normal function... Read More

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Periodontal Disease in Horses Becomes a Priority

October 30, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia, Illinois, and California... Read More

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The Gray Gene

October 23, 2002

British scientists have identified the distinctive gene that gives about 3% of the Thoroughbred population the gray coat color, and they plan to continue studying the genetics in hopes of learning why grays are more prone to developing melanomas... Read More

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Foundation Study Investigates Means to Avoid Caterpillar Contamination on Farms

October 18, 2002

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it is funding a study to be undertaken by Prof. Daniel A. Potter, a renowned entomologist at the University of Kentucky, to facilitate the extermination of Eastern Tent Caterpillar... Read More

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Meeting Planned to Discuss MRLS in 2003

October 16, 2002

There will be a meeting to discuss the past and future of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington, Ky. The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club has opened its meeting to... Read More

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Compounding Study: Know What You're Getting

October 15, 2002

A recent study showed that one type of compounded omeprazole was ineffective against gastric ulcers in horses.... Read More

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First Equine West Nile Virus Case Detected in Connecticut

October 15, 2002

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture recently reported the first clinical domestic animal case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection during 2002. The two-year-old horse from Canterbury presented on Sept. 20 with a lack of appetite, depression... Read More

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New Jersey Horse Succumbs To West Nile Virus

October 11, 2002

Agriculture Secretary Art Brown Jr. said Tuesday (Sept. 5) that the death last week of a six-year-old Thoroughbred gelding in Tuckahoe, Cape May County, has been attributed to infection with the West Nile virus (WNV), in... Read More

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New York West Nile Equine Case Confirmed

October 11, 2002

Euthanized Horse from Staten Island Tests Positive for West Nile

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers announced August 29 the death of a 26-year old horse on... Read More

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Equine West Nile Case Confirmed In Rhode Island

October 11, 2002

The Department of Environmental Management announced Monday the first finding of West Nile Virus in Rhode Island.

The positive result came from a horse stabled on Saugatucket Road in Wakefield that was... Read More

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West Nile Virus Updates In New England

October 11, 2002

There still have not been any confirmed U.S. equine West Nile Virus cases in 2000. (August 24)

New York

New York City Health Commissioner Neal L.... Read More

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Latest New England WNV Updates

October 11, 2002

There still have not been any confirmed U.S. equine West Nile Virus cases in 2000. (August 17)

Connecticut

Yesterday, the State of Connecticut... Read More

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West Nile Virus Is Confirmed In Rhode Island

October 11, 2002

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced Sunday, August 13, that West Nile Virus has been found in a dead crow. The bird was collected in Warwick on August 8 and was tested at the University of Rhode Island's... Read More