Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Grass Sickness Linked to Clostridium botulinum Bacterium

May 01, 2004

United Kingdom (U.K.) researchers recently found that grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, indicating that affected horses couldn't fight off infection. Findings from the... Read More

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Skin Problems in Horses: The Creeping Crud

May 01, 2004

Dealing with skin problems, unfortunately, is part of having a horse. Since skin is the largest organ of the body, it's no wonder there's much that can go wrong. Designed to safeguard internal organs from external forces and to help maintain consiste... Read More

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USEF Powers Upheld

April 30, 2004

The United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) authority to enforce its own rules and regulations has been affirmed, at least temporarily, in a federal court in Lexington, Ky. A decision on whether the injunction should be made permanent is... Read More

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EEE in Venezuela

April 27, 2004

According to an April 26 ProMED report, Venezuela's Animal Health Service, Ministry of Agriculture recently reported a case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse from the district Bolivar in the... Read More

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Georgia Herd Hit by Strangles

April 21, 2004

According to an April 16 AccessNorthGa.com report cited on ProMED, a herd of about 115 horses in western Georgia has been quarantined because of a strangles outbreak at the farm. "Under an order by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin dated 1... Read More

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Million Dollar Jury Award in Equitrol Lawsuit; Farnam Plans Appeal

April 14, 2004

(Updated Story) A jury awarded $1,007,500 to plaintiffs who alleged in a lawsuit that Farnam's Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their Thoroughbred and Warmblood sport horses.... Read More

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Ohio Announces Probable Human WNV Case

April 13, 2004

On April 9, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced its first probable case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2004. The patient is a 79-year-old male from Scioto County.

"With warm weather in recent weeks, mosquitoes have become active,"... Read More

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Britain Taking EVA Precautions

April 12, 2004

Mares shipped from Ireland to Britain are being tested for the respiratory and venereal disease equine viral arteritis (EVA). This practice has been routine in recent years for mares visiting Britain from the rest of Europe.

Tests on... Read More

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Cicadas are Coming--But Shouldn't Affect Horses

April 12, 2004

After a 17-year absence from Kentucky, one of the largest known broods of periodical cicadas will emerge this spring, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is warning vineyard and fruit tree growers to be aware of the coming of... Read More

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Equitrol Lawsuit

April 07, 2004

A jury has returned a verdict of $1,007,500 to plaintiffs alleging in a lawsuit that Farnam's product Equitrol, a feed-through fly control product, was defectively designed and caused harm to their horses; Farnam has countered with a press... Read More

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Cushing's Disease and Laminitis--Not Just Old Horses

April 01, 2004

Researchers recently revealed that Cushing's disease is a major contributing factor to laminitis among horses in a primary care veterinary practice, and that the median age of laminitic Cushing's horses was 15 1/2 years--disproving tha... Read More

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New Research on the Merial WNV Vaccine

April 01, 2004

Horse owners and veterinarians alike have wondered if they can use Merial Limited's Recombitek equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine in horses previously vaccinated with Fort Dodge's West Nile-Innovator. Recently, Merial released the results of a... Read More

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California Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

April 01, 2004

Orange County, Calif., Vector Control District (OCVCD) biologists have found antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in two adult female house finches. The birds were trapped as part of the District's wild bird trapping program which involves... Read More

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Alsike Clover Poisoning

April 01, 2004

Q: I'd like to see more information on alsike clover sensitivity, especially in horses with large areas of white skin such as Paints, pintos, and Appaloosas. All the information I can find suggests that the only problem you will... Read More

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Breathe Deep

April 01, 2004

Lower airway disease is all too common among the horse population--the occasional cough in the young racehorse that belies serious disease, the wheezy horse which can't tolerate his barn, the backyard horse which always seems to have a cough or... Read More

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Obesity and Cushing's Disease

April 01, 2004

There is speculation that metabolic syndrome could be a factor in horses which develop Cushing's disease. ... Read More

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HERDA: Not Just Skin Deep

April 01, 2004

Today, it is primarily through Poco Bueno's bloodline that the recessive gene that causes hyperelastosis cutis (HC) has passed. In some scientific circles, the disease is called hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA).... Read More

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Diet: When Horses Need Less Carbs

April 01, 2004

Research suggests some horses (growing foals, laminitic horses, etc.) could do well on low-glycemic diets. ... Read More

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Miniature Horses' Eyes

April 01, 2004

It is tempting for veterinarians to use laboratory reference ranges collected from full-sized horses when treating miniature horses. This is not always appropriate, however, as miniature horses have some breed characteristics that are only now... Read More

Compression of the spinal cord, whether because of misaligned or malformed vertebrae or some other problem, causes the distinctive "wobble" of wobbler syndrome. This compression injures or kills the nerves that are responsible for sensing the position of the limbs. This, of course, leads to the lack of awareness that causes clumsiness and incoordination.

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What's Wobbler Syndrome?

April 01, 2004

Wobbler, also known as wobbles, takes its name from its primary sign--a wobbling or uncoordinated gait. ... Read More

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West Nile Virus--An Evolving Epizootic

April 01, 2004

"West Nile virus (WNV) is coming to a state near you if it hasn't already arrived," said Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine/ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames,... Read More

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West Nile Virus Questions and Answers

April 01, 2004

In a question and answer session at the Western Veterinary Conference, Eileen Ostlund, DVM, PhD, head of the equine and ovine viruses section at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, offered... Read More

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Texas Horse Owners Aware of WNV Threat

April 01, 2004

Reports have surfaced that horse owners in Texas are becoming complacent and have backed off vaccinating their animals for West Nile virus (WNV), which has infected nearly 2,400 horses in the state since late 2002. Angela Pelzel, DVM, an... Read More

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Neurologic EHV-1 Case Confirmed at University of Wisconsin

April 01, 2004

The Hoofer Equestrian Center (HEC) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UWM), voluntarily quarantined its lower barn on Feb. 8 after two horses housed there showed neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). Both horses were later... Read More

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Central Kentucky Eastern Tent Caterpillar Status

March 31, 2004

Lee Townsend, Dan Potter, and Beth Ann Choate
Department of Entomology
University of Kentucky

Most eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) egg masses should have hatched by now in central Kentucky. Scattered observations point to... Read More