Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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First Look Inside the Live Equine Heart

September 01, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred colt called a ventricular septal... Read More

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Colic

September 01, 2004

Q: I have a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who is HYPP N/H positive. This horse is very gassy and tends to colic once a month, which causes a minor HYPP attack. I have tried everything, from changing his diet (no grain) to jus... Read More

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Diarrhea in Adult Horses: Better Safe Than Sorry

September 01, 2004

But in horses, diarrhea--particularly persistent diarrhea in adult horses--is no laughing matter, and it's certainly not something you should keep to yourself. Because of direct consequences such as dehydration and malnutrition, as well as underlying... Read More

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New Bolton Center Accepting Emergency Cases

August 27, 2004

The University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals will accept equine emergency patients, beginning on Monday, Aug. 30. "We have completed the cleaning and refurbishing of additional barns and can now care for emergenc... Read More

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Horse Dies from West Nile Virus at California Racetrack

August 27, 2004

Having identified the first known racehorse to die from the West Nile Virus (WNV) at a California racetrack, equine health authorities are emphasizing the importance of equine vaccinations and booster shots as well as other preventive measures t... Read More

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Ulcers in Horses: Problems of Domestication

August 25, 2004

Domestication has created problems for the horse, including stomach ulcers. Stress of confinement and unnatural conditions, stress from emotional and physical aspects of athletic careers--all the stresses that go with trying to adapt to human managem... Read More

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Potomac Horse Fever Outbreak in New York

August 25, 2004

Potomac Horse fever (PHF) season is now underway in New York. "There are no actual numbers for the (amount of) disease because it is spread out," according to Jenny Gold, DVM, an equine veterinarian in the large animal clinic at Cornell... Read More

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Strangles Consensus Statement: A Resource for Veterinarians

August 23, 2004

The most recent consensus statement on strangles debuted to rave reviews at the June meeting of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Minneapolis, Minn. Entitled 2004: Streptococcus equi Infection in Horses... Read More

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New Method of Counting Carbs

August 19, 2004

A new carbohydrate analysis method developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) might be able to help researchers answer some specific questions about equine forages. Until now, it has been difficult for forage... Read More

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First N.J. Equine Case of WNV is in Pregnant Mare

August 18, 2004

Officials at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced yesterday (Aug. 17) that West Nile virus (WNV) had been diagnosed in a 7-year-old pregnant mare in Gloucester County, marking the first detection of equine WNV in the state this... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in Oregon Bird

August 16, 2004

Oregon has become the last of the continental United States to be affected by West Nile virus (WNV). Malheur County officials and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) confirmed Aug. 13 that a dead crow found in Vale (in the east central... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Continues Northward Drift

August 16, 2004

Worst Could be Over for Texas

Animal health officials say that the vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak in Texas appears to be winding down as of mid-August, but more than 150 infected animals have been detected in Texas, New Mexico,... Read More

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Michigan's First 2004 Equine WNV Case

August 13, 2004

A Clinton County horse has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), the first of the year, veterinary officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) today confirmed (Aug. 13, 2005).
Laboratory tests conducted in early August a... Read More

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Anthrax in Texas

August 11, 2004

Anthrax had killed a cow, a kudu (a type of antelope), and a whitetail deer in Texas as of Aug. 10. Laboratory results confirmed the disease in the animals, which lived on three premises in Uvalde and Val Verde Counties in Southwest... Read More

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West Nile Virus and EEE Detected in Maryland Mosquitoes

August 09, 2004

Mosquitoes collected in two separate areas of Prince George's County are the first in Maryland this year to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) and for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). In the first instance, mosquitoes collected on... Read More

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MRLS in Washington State?

August 09, 2004

While there has been speculation that several cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) happened in Washington state during the spring of 2003, the number of accessions to the state's diagnostic lab doesn't uphold that theory. Charles... Read More

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New Drug Tried for Equine Heart Fibrillations

August 04, 2004

Veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine believe they're the first to use an oral drug to resolve a chronic case of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeats) in a horse. ... Read More

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Efficacy of Common Anti-Ulcer Medications in Racehorses

August 01, 2004

Gastric ulcers are so common in racing horses that many equine practitioners maintain their racing patients on anti-ulcer medications to prevent and treat gastric ulcers. Reports in the literature place the percentage of racing horses in trainin... Read More

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Dealing With Warts

August 01, 2004

A wart is an epidermal (skin) tumor caused by a variety of different viral infections. ... Read More

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Corneal Endothelial Degeneration

August 01, 2004

My horse has corneal endothelial degeneration. My veterinarian and I have been using a "control" schedule for some time, but I would like some information about the condition.    Janine


The corne... Read More

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

My stallion is going in for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle). He has never bred any mares and is well behaved. This spring, his testicle started swelling on hot days and my veterinarian recommended the surgery. What is...... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Case Counts Climb in Texas and New Mexico

August 01, 2004

Horses on nine sites in Texas and four premises in New Mexico have vesicular stomatitis (VS), a painful blistering disease of livestock such as horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and deer. Because of the findings, emergency VS regulations in Florida... Read More

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EPM: Still an Enigma or Under Control?

August 01, 2004

Dynamic discussions about future equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) diagnostic methods and current EPM treatments were sparked at a June 11 meeting of the Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis Society (EPMS) in Minneapolis, Minn. The event,... Read More

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EIA Detected in Australia

August 01, 2004

On June 8, the Queensland, Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) reported that equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed on a central coast property. While the disease is detected frequently along western... Read More