Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Urban Horses

March 01, 2004

Horses living in the city, who would have ever thought? Where would they graze? What would you do with the manure? Where would you ride? Well, confining horses to a barn, paddock, or small acreage within the city limits has become an everyday... Read More

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A Prosthetic Eye for the Horse

March 01, 2004

Using ocular ultrasonography, he was able to diagnose complete retinal detachment with a large retinal tear. Because of the grave prognosis for recovery of vision, enucleation (removal of the eye) was recommended.... Read More

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Open Mares

March 01, 2004

An experienced veterinarian can help to determine why a seemingly healthy mare can't become pregnant.... Read More

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Colic Surgery and Reperfusion Injury

March 01, 2004

During colic surgery, it can be difficult to judge whether twisted bowel deprived of oxygenated blood, a process called ischemia, will recover sufficiently once it is replaced and blood flows again. While the bowel might look healthy on the outside, ... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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Lyme Disease Treatment and Vaccine

March 01, 2004

Nearly 50% of adult horses in areas of the northeastern United States are or have been infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Thomas Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, and others at Cornell Universit... Read More

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Some Federal Cash Will Go Toward MRLS Studies

March 01, 2004

Some of the $5.86 million the University of Kentucky's School of Agriculture will receive from this year's federal budget is earmarked for studies to determine the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome.

The university has worked in... Read More

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Legislation Introduced for Expediting Horse ID Plan Use

March 01, 2004

Four bills that would accelerate implementation of a national animal identification system have been introduced in Congress--two in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. Horses are not specifically mentioned in any of these bills,... Read More

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The Equine Eye (AAEP Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2004

"There are really only two ophthalmic disease: Corneal ulcers and everything else," said Brooks. Therapies are different, and some therapies for the "everything else" can make ulcers worse, cautioned Brooks.... Read More

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Residual Effects of WNV

March 01, 2004

Horse owners should have equine survivors of West Nile virus (WNV) re-examined by their veterinarians before putting the animals back into work. In a study of Minnesota horses which survived clinical WNV infection, 40% showed WNV residual effect... Read More

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Purina Mills Horse Owner's Workshops Across America

March 01, 2004

Purina Mills officials recently announced plans to roll out Purina Mills Horse Owner's Workshops (HOW), which will give horse enthusiasts across the country the opportunity to hear about the latest in equine nutrition, veterinary care, and... Read More

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Lepto in Kentucky

March 01, 2004

Leptospirosis, often called just "lepto," can cause flu-like illness in horses that sometimes results in abortion or uveitis (moon blindness). In Kentucky, there seems to be a cyclic pattern to abortions caused by leptospirosis. In 2001, there... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Q&A

March 01, 2004

My horse has recurrent colic that's usually fairly mild, but she had surgery last August due to a twist. She has done well until recently when she had another mild attack. A biopsy taken during surgery showed inflammation. No other problems were... Read More

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AAEP Wrap-Up: Surgery

March 01, 2004

Surgery for DDSP


Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) occurs when the palate partially obstructs the airway by becoming displaced on top of the epiglottis. This can affect breathing, especially... Read More

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Medicine and Treatments: Colic, Rabies, Pneumonia

March 01, 2004

A study to determine the clinical signs of gastrointestinal rupture during colic was done by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and results were presented by Diana Hassel, DVM, of UC Davis.... Read More

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Neurologic Disease Discussed

March 01, 2004

Morgan stressed that good management practices can reduce the risk factors that contribute to neurologic disease incidence. Keep feed sources clean and free of opossums and protect your hay from rodent infestation.... Read More

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Animal Identification Plan Largely Misunderstood

February 26, 2004

Comments collected on the draft U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) have been largely characterized by misunderstanding and frustration, according to one government official. The plan, which at this time is not an official program of the... Read More

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Inherited Quarter Horse Disease Traces To Poco Bueno

February 26, 2004

Poco Bueno was identified as the sire line associated with hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA).... Read More

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Hereditary Disease Research Into HERDA

February 26, 2004

If we have any doubt about a horse with lesions that look like HERDA (also called HC), we can test to see if that animal does have this disease. Usually it's easy to diagnose, once you've seen a few.... Read More

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Immune Responses to Equine Vaccines: Study

February 23, 2004

Lunn presented studies that he and six other scientists completed comparing immune responses between commonly used, commercially available vaccines.... Read More

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Equine Glaucoma: High-Pressure Eyes

February 23, 2004

Glaucoma (increased fluid pressure within the eye to a level incompatible with eye health) in horses is not well recognized, but look for it in cases of cloudy cornea, corneal edema, or severe unrelenting ocular inflammation.... Read More

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Possible Equine Anthrax Outbreak in India

February 23, 2004

According to a Feb. 23 ProMED-mail post, Kashmir, India, could be experiencing an equine anthrax outbreak.

In late December 2003, an India Times article reported that, "Veterinarians here have raised alarm over the spread of... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Kester News Hour

February 18, 2004

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations, but some of this... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Rupture Clinical Signs (AAEP 2003)

February 17, 2004

Results of the study could help veterinarians know what signs to look for to make a definitive diagnosis of intestinal rupture, thus allowing them to prevent prolonged suffering of the affected horse and additional expense to the horse owner, as euth... Read More

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Promising New Treatment for Equine Sarcoids (AAEP 2003)

February 17, 2004

One of the most common and effective treatments for sarcoids is chemotherapy using the drug cisplatin, which is noted for its ease of use, low cost, and high efficacy (up to 90% for sarcoids and 70-90% for carcinomas). ... Read More