Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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The Risk of EIA In Foals

January 05, 2001

From Equine Disease Quarterly, a publication funded by Underwriters At Lloyd's of London, Brokers, And Their Kentucky Agents

Although it seems counter to logic, acquiring equine infectious anemia (EIA) by being alongsid... Read More

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Forage Alternatives

January 01, 2001

Man might not live by bread alone, but horses can live on forage just fine. As grazing, herbivorous animals, forage (grasses and plants that grow on pastureland) is what they're designed to eat. Other components of the equine diet--grains, fats,... Read More

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Problems with Cataracts?

January 01, 2001

Q: I am thinking of buying a 6-year-old mare that has cataracts in both of her eyes. What kind of problems would I be in for if I decide to buy this sweetheart?

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Importance of Tapeworms in Colic

January 01, 2001

It is well recognized that there is a relationship between parasitic infections of horses and the clinical signs of colic. Parasites can cause colic through mechanical damage, allergic irritation, interference with nerve transmission,... Read More

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Canada and Germany Locked in CEM Conflict

January 01, 2001

A 7-year-old warmblood stallion from Germany is at the center of a storm of controversy after testing positive for contagious equine metritis (CEM) upon importation to Canada. The horse, appropriately named What’s Going On, had tested negative for... Read More

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WNV Vaccine in Progress

January 01, 2001

Fifty-nine equine cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were confirmed last year in the Northeast. Officials at Fort Dodge Animal Health’s laboratories in Kansas City, Mo., have been working diligently to develop a WNV vaccine for veterinary use, and... Read More

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EPM: A Vet's View

January 01, 2001

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a serious neurological disease and a common cause of ataxia (lack of coordinated movements) and weakness in horses. The causative agent of EPM is Sarcocystis neurona, a protozoan parasite that infects... Read More

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Any Headshaking Articles?

January 01, 2001

I own a 7-year-old appendix Quarter Horse that I have competed successfully on the Quarter Horse circuit at the national level. Early last fall, this horse began severely shaking or nodding his head at times (headshaking)...... Read More

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The Guttural Pouch: Friend or Foe?

January 01, 2001

The unique qualities of the horse can be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes, they can be both. Consider the peculiar guttural pouches. Present in only a few other animals, these structures are diverticula of the auditory (eustachian) tubes and,... Read More

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West Nile Update

January 01, 2001

West Nile virus is beginning to peek out from the mysterious hiding places where it overwintered since an outbreak in late 1999. Five additional birds have been found dead with the virus-- four in New York, and one in New Jersey. Officials... Read More

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Tying-Up in Horses: Causes and Management

January 01, 2001

Perhaps the most frustrating of all problems that affect the athletic horse is the syndrome known as tying-up. Tying-up is a broad term that frequently is used to describe a wide variety of muscle disorders that affect the performance horse.... Read More

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Florida Gears Up for West Nile Virus

January 01, 2001

Seasoned with the experience of handling Eastern encephalitis (EE, formerly known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) outbreaks, the state of Florida is preparing a strong defensive line to protect its... Read More

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AHSA and MSPCA Launch Transportation Guidelines

January 01, 2001

The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Nevins Farm & Equine Centre have published Guidelines for Horse Transport by Road & Air.

These guidelines... Read More

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Piroplasmosis Caught in Australian Quarantine

January 01, 2001

Detection of a horse positive for piroplasmosis caused significant concern at a Victoria, Australia, Quarantine facility in March. The situation made officials thankful that quarantine surveillance methods were already in place—plans which arose... Read More

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Overo Lethal White Syndrome

January 01, 2001

Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS) is a condition that occurs in newborn foals. The condition is genetic, and both parents carry the defective gene. Horses which carry this gene are most commonly overo white patterned horses (frame overos), but... Read More

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West Nile Studies Begin

January 01, 2001

The mysteries of West Nile virus are being uncovered at Colorado State University (CSU), thanks to a joint effort of the United States Equestrian Team (USET), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture... Read More

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EIA in New Mexico

January 01, 2001

Near Sunland Park, New Mexico, eight horses recently tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA). Initially, two horses were found to be positive during a routine testing for a sale. The rest of their herd was tested immediately, and the... Read More

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Pennsylvania EIA Update

January 01, 2001

The number of horses testing positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Northeastern Pennsylvania has risen to 26. Of these horses, 24 have been euthanized, and two horses remain under quarantine for life. All horses can be traced back to two... Read More

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EIA Awareness Spreads

January 01, 2001

Show officials around the country have been cracking down on enforcement of having negative Coggins tests with horses. For example, two trailerloads of entries into a Mobile, Ala., horse show made the news in February when they were rejected for no... Read More

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AAEP Convention Topics Preview: Fighting Infection

January 01, 2001

The latest information on scores of topics is presented at the AAEP convention; we can't report on them all, but we do try to bring you a representative sampling. This year, many of the topics can be grouped into five categories: fighting... Read More

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AAEP Convention Topics Preview: General Medicine

January 01, 2001

The latest information on scores of topics is presented at the AAEP convention; we can't report on them all, but we do try to bring you a representative sampling. This year, many of the topics can be grouped into five categories: fighting... Read More

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AAEP Convention Preview: Sunrise Sessions and Table Topics

January 01, 2001

The Sunrise Sessions (and lunchtime Table Topics) offer AAEP convention attendees a roundtable type of discussion format where they can choose their particular interests from a long list of popular topics. They can ask questions of session... Read More

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AAEP Convention Topics Preview: Predicting Performance

January 01, 2001

If only we could accurately predict a horse's future athletic performance, we'd know which horses on which to spend our fortunes. Many early factors in estimating a yearling's potential have been proven correct, others false, and there's many fo... Read More

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Endoscopic Exams Indicate Racing Potential

January 01, 2001

Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, researchers also showed that certain abnormalities previously considered to be indicators of poor performance were not... Read More

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CEM -- A Continuing Threat to International Trade

January 01, 2001

"Since its discovery in 1977, contagious equine metritis (CEM) has been a source of considerable concern for many countries because of the ease with which it can be spread internationally through carrier stallions or mares," said Peter Timoney,... Read More