Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Storm Cat Career Development Award

April 10, 2006

The first Storm Cat Career Development Award has been presented to Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, of Cornell University. The $15,000 grant is designed to give an early boost to an individual considering a career in equine research and is funded by a... Read More

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MRLS Effects Minimal in Central Florida

April 07, 2006

The impact of the deadly mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been minimal on central Florida horse farms this year, but experts say steps should be taken to limit future problems in the area's vast equine industry.

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Third Florida MRLS Case Confirmed

April 03, 2006

An Arabian mare in Marion County aborted a 310-day gestation (the foal was born dead) on March 13 that was confirmed as having mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of... Read More

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Out of Control

April 01, 2006

One night you hear kicking and crashing coming from the barn and think you have a cast horse. You run to see if you can help, and what you find is a horse down on his side paddling as if galloping on the ground. His head and neck are extended an... Read More

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Failure to Sweat

April 01, 2006

A horse in motion is a striking image: Vigorous, powerful, animated. In your mind's eye you can imagine his ears pricked forward, nostrils flared, limbs strumming the ground, streaks of sweat punctuating his rippling muscles. To create... Read More

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Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

April 01, 2006

Your horse is doing it again: Inexplicably tossing his head and sometimes charging off. Your trainer has tried everything--fly spray, changing tack, new bits, negative reinforcement--and while your horse goes through periods where he never flips... Read More

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Fever, Colic, Swelling...What is It?

April 01, 2006

I had an 8-month-old colt stop eating his grain on Friday. I took his temperature, which was 105ºF, and gave him Bute...... Read More

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More Than Skin Deep?

April 01, 2006

It was two years ago--in April of 2004--that this magazine published the announcement that the Poco Bueno Quarter Horse sire line had been identified as carrying the recessive gene that causes hyperelastosis cutis (HC, also known as hereditary... Read More

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First 2006 Florida EEE Cases Emerge

April 01, 2006

By March 1, the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) season in Florida was already underway, and Florida veterinarians remind horse owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated against the disease, which can have a mortality rate of up to 90%.... Read More

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Neurologic Case Shows Difficulty of Rule-Outs

April 01, 2006

A 24-year-old pleasure mare in Brunswick, Ga., has been diagnosed with concurrent infections of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Both can cause neurologic disease.

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Critical Care In the Field

April 01, 2006

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine... Read More

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New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

April 01, 2006

When an equine patient can't stand, practitioners need to quickly assess his prognosis, and that can be difficult with him lying down. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at... Read More

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Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

April 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on... Read More

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Fainting Foals, Sleepy Horses

April 01, 2006

Humans have been fascinated with narcolepsy for centuries. The sight of an otherwise normal person suddenly lapsing into unexplainable deep sleep was cause for curiosity, if not amusement, even after scientists in the late 1800s found that... Read More

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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Kentucky Rescinds Maryland EHV Restrictions

April 01, 2006

On March 31, one week before Keeneland's spring race meet is set to begin, State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted restrictions for all Maryland horses entering Kentucky racetracks based on information provided by the Maryland Department of... Read More

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Florida MRLS Update 3-31-06

March 31, 2006

A second foal has been confirmed as having died from mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The first case was a... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

March 29, 2006

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Understanding Congenital Stationary Night Blindness

March 27, 2006

Canadian researchers are investigating the cause of a condition found primarily in Appaloosas that prevents them from seeing in the dark. Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a hereditary, non-progressive condition for which there is... Read More

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African Horse Sickness Outbreak in South Africa

March 20, 2006

South African horse owners and veterinarians are managing an outbreak of AHS in the George area.... Read More

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European Union Might Lift Ban on South African Horses

March 20, 2006

South African news outlets have reported the European Union (EU) could lift a ban it imposed on South African horses in 2004. According to an article in the March 16 online edition of The Citizen (Read More

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NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks--Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga--from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain... Read More

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Kentucky Updates Restrictions on Maryland Horses

March 11, 2006

(Edited press release)

Officials from the Kentucky's Office of the State Veterinarian announced Thursday (March 9) that they have removed restrictions on horses originating from Chevation II, a barn at Fair Hills Training Center... Read More

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Remaining EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted at Pimlico and Bowie

March 08, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has lifted hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore and a barn at the Bowie Training Center in Bowie after the final four horses in those barns tested negative for equine... Read More

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Maryland Veterinarians Must Report Neurologic Cases

March 06, 2006

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has added equine neurologic syndrome to its list of infectious livestock or poultry diseases that must be reported to MDA officials. Under Maryland law (Agriculture Article, Section 3-105 Annotated... Read More