Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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WNV-Infected Horses Not a Predictor for Humans

September 19, 2006

A Canadian study concluded that horses infected with West Nile virus (WNV) were not a reliable indicator for future human infections. The study was published in the June issue of Preventive Veterinary Medicine.

Researchers at th... Read More

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Treatment For Leg Mange

September 19, 2006

Researchers at Tanat University in Kafr in El-Sheikh, Egypt, said in recent study that moxidectin oral gel is an "effective and good alternative for treating chorioptic mange (also know as leg mange) in horses." The study, which included 117... Read More

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Control of EIA Virus Transmission

September 19, 2006

Once equine infectious anemia has been detected and confirmed in an index case through serologic tests, a series of procedures must be instituted with urgency to limit the spread of the infection to horses in close contact and limit the exposure to... Read More

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Kentucky's 13th WNV Case Confirmed

September 19, 2006

Three Kentucky horses were confirmed as having West Nile virus (WNV) today (Sept. 19), bringing to total for 2006 to 13, according to Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. None of the horses were vaccinated;... Read More

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Champion Sprinter Lost in the Fog Euthanatized

September 18, 2006

Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, was euthanatized Sunday, Sept. 17, three weeks after doctors found three cancerous tumors in his spleen and along his back.

The charismatic champion began his career with 10... Read More

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Veterinary Inspectors Needed For UK Livery Yard Licensing

September 18, 2006

With Livery Yard licensing likely to be introduced next summer under the new Animal Welfare Act the veterinary profession will have a key role to play.

While the final details of the legislation have yet to be formulated it is highly likely... Read More

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Seizures in Horses

September 17, 2006

What causes seizures, and is there anything I can do to prevent them from happening?... Read More

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British Horse Society Scotland Urges Precautions Against Strangles

September 15, 2006

Scotland has experienced an alarming increase in the number of strangles outbreaks this year and the British Horse Society (BHS) is urging horse owners and yard managers to take strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of this... Read More

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Respiratory Disease: Not So Easy Breathing

September 14, 2006

The terms recurrent airway obstruction (RAO or heaves) and inflammatory airway disease (IAD) are often wrongfully used interchangeably to describe horses with non-infectious respiratory disease.... Read More

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Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

September 14, 2006

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).... Read More

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Aging and the Aortic Valve

September 14, 2006

Researchers from the United Kingdom report there is a decrease in contractile function of the horse's aortic valve with age, resulting in aortic valve disease.... Read More

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COX-2 Expression in Equine Tumors (ACVIM 2006)

September 14, 2006

Therapies for equine cancer are few and far between, but a veterinary oncologist from Colorado State University (CSU) thinks equine tumors could be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ... Read More

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Another Route For Ulcer Treatment

September 14, 2006

Omeprazole paste is the gold standard when it comes to treating equine gastric ulcers syndrome. However, researchers at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine said because of its potency and long-acting effect, an intravenous form... Read More

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Testing for Insect Hypersensitivity

September 14, 2006

Allergy testing is done in many species, including horses and humans. Unfortunately, testing to determine a horse is hypersensitive to insect bites is difficult. This disease (insect hypersensitivity) occurs seasonally, in horses of all ages and bree... Read More

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Predicting Pulmonary Hypertension

September 14, 2006

"Significant pulmonary hypertension is known to occur secondary to recurrent airway obstruction in horses," researchers said. "How this relates to disease severity or long-term prognosis is not known. In part, this may be due to the difficulty and/or... Read More

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Biosecurity and Salmonella

September 14, 2006

He mentioned a study that revealed 85% of horses on one farm were shedding Salmonella, and he said many farm managers are realizing these infections aren't just a hospital problem anymore.... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Discussed

September 14, 2006

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterium in the soil that can travel to, and multiply within, the foal's lungs, causing a deadly pneumonia if it is not caught and treated early. Hines described the possibility of developing vaccines with genetic targets that... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

September 14, 2006

The clinical signs that are typically attributed to Lyme disease (so named because early investigations centered around clusters of the disease in humans around Lyme, Conn.) include fever, stiffness and lameness in multiple limbs, painful muscles... Read More

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Leptospirosis Starting to Get More Attention

September 14, 2006

Recurrent painful inflammation and pathologic changes in the eyes of horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU, also known as moon blindness) could be caused by the persistence of invasive bacteria called Leptospira in affected horses' eyes... Read More

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Diagnosing Chronic Colic with Ultrasound: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Evaluating and treating prolonged cases of colic--those lasting three days or more--can be problematic. Horses with prolonged colic generally aren't in enough pain for surgery, and they respond temporarily to medicines. But the condition... Read More

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Echocardiographs and Pulmonary Arterial Pressures

September 14, 2006

Researchers have found that echocardiographic measurements of the pulmonary artery, aorta, and heart chambers gave a valid estimate of pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) in horses. The ability to measure PAP is key to diagnosing and following... Read More

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Small Volume Resuscitation in Anesthetized Endotoxemic Horses

September 14, 2006

Endotoxemia occurs when toxins from the wall of Gram-negative bacteria crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream. Endotoxin becomes concentrated on the surface of white blood cells, causing them to secrete inflammatory agents. ... Read More

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Skin Hypersensitivity (ACVIM 2006)

September 13, 2006

There are three categories for hypersensitivity (non-insect-bite related) skin diseases. These include food allergies, atopic dermatitis (a predisposition to allergic disease in response to environmental allergens), and contact allergies caused by... Read More

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Kentucky's 10th WNV Case

September 13, 2006

The 10th West Nile virus (WNV) case of 2006 in Kentucky was confirmed today (Sept. 13), said Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager, of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. There were only nine total WNV cases in Kentucky last year.

Th... Read More

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Irish Officials Working to Control EIA Outbreak

September 13, 2006

Since equine infectious anemia (EIA) was first identified in Ireland in mid-June, animal health officials have been working to contain the outbreak that has now resulted in 21 confirmed cases and surveillance of around 1,000 horses.... Read More