Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More

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Why Do Horses Need Dental Care?

October 16, 2001

A horse's teeth begin to erupt in the first few days after birth, and continue to grow throughout most ...... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: First Step On A Long Road

October 16, 2001

I'm not happy, but I am satisfied. I'm not happy because I still think there are more questions than answers about letting horses positive for piroplasmosis enter the United States and compete in the Olympics. I'm not happy because I think this... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: Scientific Information Needed

October 16, 2001

Don't you just hate people who complain all the time and aren't willing to do something about the problem? Me, too. I have been harping on piroplasmosis in this column for the last two months, and we've been covering the controversy stirred up b... Read More

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Oversight and Interaction

October 16, 2001

The policies are stringent. A hard line seems to have been drawn. Responsibilities have been assigned. Excruciating details have been put forth. Now the big questions is: Who?

Georgia and the USDA decided to grant waivers to allow... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

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Mysterious Eye Inflammation Traced to Plant Burrs

October 15, 2001

Fall and winter sometimes bring unexplained eye problems in horses and cattle, with irritation and inflammation, or corneal ulcers. Some of the horses examined at these college clinics over the past several years had microscopic barbed "slivers"... Read More

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The Equine Eye

October 15, 2001

Because it is a prey animal, the horse has both monocular and binocular vision. Its monocular vision is the result of having one eye located on each side of the skull instead of both eyes in the front. This means that the horse has far greater periph... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: The Olympic Question

October 15, 2001

(The following information was presented by Lee Brooks, DVM, the state veterinarian for Georgia, at the American Horse Council's Horse Health Committee meeting. Following this information is a summary from Georgia and the USDA giving... Read More

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Problems With Blue Eyes?

October 12, 2001

Q: I'm looking at a Quarter Horse cross who is about 12 years old and appears to be perfectly healthy. My only concern is that he has two blue eyes. I have not had a pre-purchase vet exam done yet due to the vet's busy schedule,... Read More

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Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

Q: Is it possible for a gelding to have equine viral arteritis? I've read all about this disease in mares and stallions, but I have not read anything about it in geldings.

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New MRLS Theory Suggested

October 12, 2001

The examination of mycotoxins, wild cherry trees, molds, cyanide, odd climatic conditions, and unusually heavy caterpillar infestation has led to one more possible theory to how mare reproductive loss syndrome was triggered this... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind its Spring Losses

October 12, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

Stephen Schumacher, a... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in NC Crows, Horses

October 12, 2001

North Carolina's State Public Health Laboratory reported Oct. 9 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in two horses in the state. The infected horses were in Hyde County and Camden County (and are not confirmed at... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Arkansas

October 12, 2001

The Arkansas Department of Health and the Livestock and Poultry Commission have reported that one dead Blue Jay in Union County has tested positive at the USGS National Wildlife Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin for West Nile virus... Read More

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West Nile Virus Identified in Missouri Birds

October 12, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in five American crows from the St. Louis area. The U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin, notified the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oct. 5 that... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus Infection, Jan. 1-Oct. 1, 2001

October 12, 2001

There have been 137 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States.

The horses are from:

  • 1 county in Alabama: Dale (Ozark, 2);
  • 2 counties in Connecticut:... Read More

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Encephalomyelitis

October 11, 2001

The initials are innocuous enough--EEE, WEE, VEE--but the diseases they stand for can be deadly to both equines and humans. They are, in order, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE), and Venezuelan Equine... Read More

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Rectal Examination of a Colicky Horse

October 11, 2001

 Horses with signs of colic can be grouped into one of three categories:

  1. horses which are resolved after medical management at the farm;
  2. horses which are resolved after more intensive medical management at a referral... Read More

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Survey Confirms Preliminary Thoughts; Points to Other Research Needs

October 11, 2001

"This survey was to identify risk factors, not causes," emphasized Dr. Roberta Dwyer of the Gluck Equine Research Center. Dwyer was the University of Kentucky's leader in the organization and implementation of the survey of 133 farms... Read More

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Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

October 10, 2001

Tying-up is a problem that has troubled horses and their owners for many years, and it has been known by many names. The old-timers who battled the syndrome in their draft horses following a Sunday away from the fields called it Monday morning... Read More

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EPM: Hope At Last

October 10, 2001

It seems to work! Because of research on new drug treatments for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), horse owners might soon be able to kill the parasite that they now only can control effectively about 60% of the time. Preliminary researc... Read More

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HYPP: Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

October 10, 2001

They gave the muscular Quarter Horse colt an ambitious name: Impressive. He lived up to the name in such dramatic fashion that it became a household word in Quarter Horse circles - especially among breeders and exhibitors involved in showing... Read More