Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Noble Causeway to Undergo Surgery for Entrapped Epiglottis

May 23, 2005

Nick Zito's run of bad luck in this year's Triple Crown continued Monday when it was discovered My Meadowview Farm's Noble Causeway had entrapped his epiglottis in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will undergo a myectomy to correct the... Read More

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Update on Maryland EHV-1 Situation

May 23, 2005

As of May 20, there were no new equine herpesvirus (EVH-1) cases at the Columbia, Md. horse facility that has been handling a number of cases of the neurologic form of the virus since late March. Private veterinarians, Maryland state animal... Read More

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Ulcer Research in Racehorses: Omeprazole Helps

May 19, 2005

Two articles on the use of omeprazole paste (GastroGard from Merial) in racehorses were published in the May 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The first study looked at using omeprazole... Read More

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Preakness Runners Not Affected by Churchill EHV Quarantine

May 18, 2005

Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected.

Rusty Ford of... Read More

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Update on Churchill Downs Horses

May 18, 2005

Necropsies from the two horses affected by neurologic signs at Churchill Downs showed the horses had lesions consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (damage to the brain and/or spinal cord). Three other horses are currently showin... Read More

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New Zealand FMD Update

May 17, 2005

A second letter has been received, via media, stating that the original letter sent last week claiming release of "a vial of FMD virus on an off-shore island" was a hoax and that no FMD virus was released in New Zealand. A police assessment... Read More

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Three Barns Quarantined for EHV at Churchill Downs

May 17, 2005

The Blood-Horse and The Horse have learned that three barns at Churchill Downs have been put under quarantine because of a possible outbreak of an equine viral respiratory disease. Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's... Read More

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Foot and Mouth Disease Threatens New Zealand

May 12, 2005

New Zealand government officials are looking into a recent threat that foot and mouth disease (FMD) was released on nearby Waiheke Island (about 11 miles west of Auckland, New Zealand) May 9.

The government received a letter the afternoo... Read More

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Pleasure Horses Have Ulcers, Too

May 10, 2005

Research has shown that 90% or more of high-level performance horses have gastric ulcers, and that lower-level show horses also can get ulcers, but at a lower rate. The Horse and Merial (manufacturers of GastroGard and UlcerGard, ulcer... Read More

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Pfizer and Brown + Associates Win NAMA Best Of Show Award

May 09, 2005

What if parasites could communicate with us?  That’s the premise behind this year's National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Best Of Show winner in the Specialty Division.

During a ceremony held on April 20, 2005 in Phoenix,... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Update

May 07, 2005

Facility managers who are handling a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) or "rhino" incident at a Columbia, Md. horse stable reported May 7 that one additional horse had to be euthanized. The horse had exhibited a low-grade fever... Read More

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Kentucky Embargoes for Arizona VS Outbreak

May 04, 2005

With the notification received yesterday evening that an equine animal residing on a single premise in Maricopa County, Arizona has been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 will now... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Arizona

May 03, 2005

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in a horse on a premises in Maricopa County, Ariz. (Maricopa County is located in the south-central portion of the state and is home to Phoenix.) The owner of the 5-year-old gelding reported that the... Read More

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African Horse Sickness: Fighting a Foreign Foe

May 01, 2005

If you're a horse owner in the United States, you've probably never worried about African horse sickness (AHS), let alone seen a case of it. Sounds pretty exotic, doesn't it? But then again, so did West Nile virus six years ago.

The bad... Read More

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Choke!

May 01, 2005

What the heck?! What is that sound out in the barn? The big horse Elvis is barking out enormous, intermittent coughs. Your pulse quickens--Elvis shouldn't be sick! Good grief, he hasn't been anywhere, hasn't had any of his horse friends over to... Read More

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Salmonella in Horses

May 01, 2005

Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating--and even deadly--diarrhea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and by fomites... Read More

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Lyme Disease Update

May 01, 2005

Lyme disease is a problem more commonly thought to occur in our canine and human friends than horses. However, occur it does, and it can have a wide range of signs and symptoms. This disease is a perplexing and confusing one to diagnose and trea... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Heaves

May 01, 2005

What owners can do when faced with recurrent airway obstruction in their horses. ... Read More

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Controlling Influenza

May 01, 2005

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

Equine influenza is a common respiratory infection. While it affects many horses, it has a low mortality rate; horses generally recover.... Read More

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EPM: Not So Common?

May 01, 2005

"Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a common cause of neurological disease of horses in North and South America, and results from a protozoal infection with Sarcocystis neurona or Neospora hughesi (less commonly)," said... Read More

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Strangles Strikes

May 01, 2005

Several strangles outbreaks across the country have complicated the spring showing, training, and racing plans for some horse owners. Several racetracks in Florida, Kentucky, and New York have established restrictions on animals from affected... Read More

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Maryland Horses Succumb to Neurologic EHV-1

May 01, 2005

Three horses were euthanatized due to severe neurologic signs caused by equine herpesvirus type-1 at the Columbia Horse Center in Columbia, Md., the week of March 21, according to the animals' attending vet. Two more horses at the facility... Read More

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Rhodococcus Equi Pneumonia Linked to Large Farms, Lots of Horses

May 01, 2005

Farms with large acreage and many mares and foals are more likely to have cases of Rhodococcus equi foal pneumonia than smaller farms with fewer horses, according to a recently published Texas A&M University (TAMU) study. Additionally... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Ambulatory Practitioners

May 01, 2005

"I have a special interest in eyes, but they're only about 5% of my work," began Ann Dwyer, DVM, of Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Scottsville, N.Y., at the Western Veterinary Conference Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. "Some problems will always... Read More

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Vaccine Care and Handling

May 01, 2005

"A lot of very smart people are not aware of how to properly handle vaccines," said 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... Read More