Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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West Nile Virus and Other Hot Topics

March 04, 2005

"Our perennial topic this morning is West Nile virus (WNV)," began Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. He also... Read More

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Talk of Disease Online Sparks Concern Among Horse Owners

March 04, 2005

A flurry of interest arose this week on an Internet message board started by individuals who think their sick horses' fatal diseases are linked. As a result, veterinarians are cautioning horse owners not to jump to conclusions in diagnosing thei... Read More

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Fetus at Risk

March 03, 2005

When a pregnant mare develops a problem that puts her fetus at risk, what can be done? Some of these foals can be saved if the problem can be discovered early and the mare given proper treatment to reverse the condition.

Jon Palmer, VMD,... Read More

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Diarrhea in Young Foals

March 03, 2005

Infectious diarrhea in young foals can be fatal without prompt treatment, and the age of the foal can make a difference in his vulnerability to certain pathogens and how deadly they might be. In foals less than a week old, the cause is often... Read More

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Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Horses

March 03, 2005

Equine nutritionists and wise horse owners have long known that obesity in horses is not a good thing. The obese horse often is incapable of performing even moderate tasks without becoming exhausted and, as a result, placing itself in danger of... Read More

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Hendra Virus Resurfaces in Australia

March 03, 2005

Ten years after a deadly virus was first discovered in Australia, it has reared its ugly head once again. A horse near the Townsville area of Australia was diagnosed with Hendra virus, a deadly equine morbillivirus, on Dec. 14, 2004, and it was... Read More

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Update on Rabies in Illinois

March 03, 2005

Illinois agriculture and health officials reported in early January that a LaSalle County horse tested positive for rabies at the Illinois Department of Agriculture laboratory in Galesburg on Dec. 10, 2004. Eleven people received preventive... Read More

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VS Embargoes Lifted

March 03, 2005

New Mexico and Colorado have been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Neither state is experiencing active cases of VS and there are no premises currently under quarantine as a result of past infection.... Read More

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Vaccination of Wild Mice Could Reduce Transmission of Lyme Disease

March 03, 2005

Vaccinating large populations of wild mice against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease could one day help reduce the risk of transmission of the infection to horses.

A recent study, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and... Read More

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Heaves and Saline Treatment

March 03, 2005

Rapid intravenous administration of isotonic saline solution does not relieve airway obstruction in heaves-affected horses, says Daniel Jean, MedVet, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of clinical sciences at the University of Montreal.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Horseman's Day

March 03, 2005

Horseman's Day, as part of the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, just keeps getting better and better. And attendance is strong no matter where the convention is held. Most recently, the locale was Denver, Colo., on... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Kester News Hour

March 03, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: Medicine/Treatments

March 03, 2005

Equine Malignant Hyperthermia

We've all heard of people and animals that are "sensitive" to anesthesia. Monica Aleman, MVZ, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, head of the neuromuscular disease lab at the University of California, Davis, reported on a... Read More

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Placentitis Treatment

March 03, 2005

Once a mare is diagnosed with placentitis, he said, it is incumbent upon the veterinarian to inform the owner about potential outcomes. The underlying message was that treatment of a premature foal in an intensive care facility can be expensive, with... Read More

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AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: Sports Medicine

March 03, 2005

Shock Wave Therapy

Several studies have been conducted on extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) at various institutions this past year. One presented by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS,... Read More

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EPM Parasite Isolated from Healthy Horse's Blood

March 02, 2005

Scientists recently isolated the parasite that causes the neurological disease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) from the blood of an immunocompetent horse--a normal, healthy horse. This research could lead to a better understanding of th... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Strain Mutation

March 02, 2005

New equine herpesvirus type-1 findings from a research collaboration between George Allen, PhD, professor in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, and Nicholas... Read More

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Treatment for Ringworm

March 01, 2005

What is the most effective way to treat ringworm?... Read More

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West Nile Virus: Threat and Response

March 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the third in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

For a graphic demonstration of the value of vaccination, look no further than West Nile virus (WNV). When it roared onto the Eastern shore... Read More

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EHV-1 Cases in Eastern Canada

February 25, 2005

Three Standardbred racehorses in Nova Scotia have been euthanatized due to the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1, and at least one other horse was suspected to have the illness. Two of the horses that were euthanatized and the... Read More

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Strangles Guidelines Released to Public

February 24, 2005

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) recently released its consensus statement on guidelines for treatment, control, and prevention of strangles, which is caused by Streptococcus equi. The 12-page paper took abou... Read More

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Neurologic Equine Herpesvirus Case Euthanatized at Pennsylvania Harness Track

February 23, 2005

A Standardbred mare euthanatized last Friday (Feb. 18) at the Meadows racetrack in Meadowlands, Pa., had the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 infection, according to University of Pennsylvania veterinarians. The barn where the mare... Read More

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Equine Respiratory Diseases

February 21, 2005

Influenza, equine herpesvirus, and strangles were the diseases highlighted by Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and section head of equine internal medicine at Kansas State University, at a seminar on infectious respiratory diseases... Read More

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Central Kentucky Abortion Accessions Suggest Normal Foaling Season

February 17, 2005

Central Kentucky equine abortion accessions so far in 2005 do not indicate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) is posting the number of abortion accessions of all breeds... Read More

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Equine Colic (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 16, 2005

As one might expect in a gathering of equine veterinarians discussing colic, much of the Sunrise Session dedicated to the topic covered evaluation of the colicky horse to determine severity and decide on medical vs. surgical management.... Read More