Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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West Nile Appears Again

June 01, 2000

West Nile virus is beginning to peek out from the mysterious hiding places where it overwintered since an outbreak in late 1999. Three birds have been found dead with the virus—two in New York, and one in New Jersey.

Two crows in New... Read More

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New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Announces Second Annual Scoping

June 01, 2000

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Racing Association (NYTHA) is teaming up with Merial, a leading animal healthcare company, to bring free endoscopic ulcer screening to horses at Belmont Park. After a very successful program at Churchill Down... Read More

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USDA Wrapping Up Screwworm Investigation

June 01, 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)is concluding a foreign animal disease investigation by recognizing a Florida veterinarian for his part in preventing screwworm from becoming established in Florida, potentially causing extensive damage t... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses: Cuisine For The Golden Years

May 01, 2000

Horses which have been correctly fed all their lives are far more likely to live to a ripe old age.... Read More

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Proud Flesh

May 01, 2000

Q: My horse had a cut on his lower cannon bone and my vet gave me instructions on how to wrap it to prevent proud flesh. What is proud flesh, and can it really become a problem, or is he being overly cautious?... Read More

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Pennsylvania Educates Horse Owners On West Nile Virus

May 01, 2000

The West Nile encephalitis committee at Penn State has developed an information sheet for the horse owners in Pennsylvania. The information distributed follows. To see The Horse's most recent articles on West Nile, please scroll down to... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Found In Australia

April 14, 2000

The following is a message that was released to the horse industry of Victoria, Australia, on March 31, from the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer:

A horse was imported from Hong Kong toVictoria, and was found to be infected with... Read More

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Fluids And Electrolytes

April 01, 2000

With the summer months approaching, it is time for a refresher on the impact of the warmer environmental conditions on your horse. Warmer temperatures and high relative humidity place added stress on horses during exercise because of their... Read More

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Quarantine Facilities

April 01, 2000

Quarantine facilities...the mere name implies isolation and horses with infectious diseases for which there are no cures. In reality, quarantine facilities are the first line of defense to protect horses in the United States from such diseases.... Read More

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Lymphangitis in Horses

April 01, 2000

Many horse owners are faced with what is unscientifically called a "fat leg" in their horses. You walk into your field or stall to catch your horse, and there he stands, lame, with one leg swollen from the stifle down to twice its normal size.... Read More

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Off-Label Drug Use for Horses

April 01, 2000

Off-label drug use, which technically was illegal until recently, might be one of the most beneficial things we as veterinarians do in the treatment of disease in animals. The technically illegal part was a result of the way a drug was licensed... Read More

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Mild Winter Brings Early Onslaught of Mosquitoes: Have Equids Vaccinated Against Sleeping Sickness

April 01, 2000

After a mild winter, Louisiana already has reported its first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), or "sleeping sickness" in a six-year-old unvaccinated Shetland pony in Vernon Parish, adjacent to Texas' Newton County. "We recommend that... Read More

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Common Problems and Their Signs

April 01, 2000

The ability to recognize abnormalities depends greatly on a person's knowledge of what is normal. The greater someone's knowledge of normal anatomy, physiology, behavior, and environment of a given animal, the more likely that person is to... Read More

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Peak Fitness

March 01, 2000

In the last issue we considered some of the adaptations that occur in horses during training. To recap, we know that improvements in cardiovascular and muscle function occur quite... Read More

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Does Your Horse Need a Dentist?

March 01, 2000

Make regular dental checkups part of your horse's scheduled maintenance.... Read More

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Rotavirus in Foals

March 01, 2000

"But we've never had rotavirus in our foals." Read on and consider yourself lucky if your foals have never had rotavirus and you have breezed through the past foaling seasons sans diarrhea. With the increasing transportation of horses comes the... Read More

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Europe Lifts West Nile Virus Restrictions

February 04, 2000

The American Horse Council reports that all restrictions in connection with the West Nile virus outbreak in the United States have been lifted on shipping horses to the European Union. The change took effect as of February 1.... Read More

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Dealing With Sand Colic

February 01, 2000

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can ensure that a mild colic doesn't become a fatal colic.... Read More

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Foal Heat Diarrhea

February 01, 2000

Can you please tell me what foal heat diarrhea is, and what causes it? Some people say it's because of the mare's hormones being transferred in her milk during foal heat, but other people have said that is an old wives' tale.... Read More

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USDA Declares Qatar Free Of African Horse Sickness

February 01, 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a final rule declaring Qatar, a small country on the Persian Gulf, free of African horse sickness (AHS). This change in disease status relieves import restrictions on horses from Qatar.

"Thi... Read More

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Four States Usher in Equine Passports

January 06, 2000

State livestock health officials in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi have forged a reciprocal livestock health agreement, making it easier for equine enthusiasts to travel between and within these states with their horses. On Jan.... Read More

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Your Horse's Gastrointestinal Health: A Contented Colon

January 01, 2000

If you have a veterinary textbook somewhere on your shelves, chances are you've seen one of those photos of a sick horse's innards-miles and miles of wet, purplish loops of intestine, spilling out in all directions. The poor equine posing for... Read More

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Better Breathing

January 01, 2000

When you walk down the center aisle of your barn, does the ceiling drip condensation on your head? Does the smell of ammonia make your nostrils twitch and your eyes water--even when the stalls are freshly cleaned? Worst of all, was that a hollow... Read More

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100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More

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Bladder Rupture

January 01, 2000

 It's nearly foaling season on the farm where I work, and a groom was telling me about a foal last year that died of bladder rupture on this farm. Is this something that I can prevent? How do I recognize it? Read More