Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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Trends Revealed in Headshaking

November 01, 2001

A recent study completed at the University of California, Davis, has given researchers more clues in understanding and alleviating headshaking in horses. The survey study suggested that headshakin... Read More

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West Nile Virus Confirmed In Virginia

October 20, 2001

Virginia's Commissioner of Health E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, announced on Oct. 13 that a dead crow found in Prince Edward County in Southside Virginia has been confirmed to have West Nile virus. The crow is the first bird to test positive for... Read More

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Messages

October 18, 2001

There are three very important topics that need to be covered this month, all of which have to do with horses, horse owners, and horse health. And all have to do with communication and the importance of making sure that the message you want sent... Read More

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AAEP 1996 Convention Wrapup

October 18, 2001

A variety of topics, ranging from the sophisticated to the mundane, were discussed by presenters who offered their findings under the umbrella subject--The Foot.

Opening the session was Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the... Read More

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The View From The NICU

October 18, 2001

At the end of April in Kentucky, we suddenly started seeing a large number of foals with an unusual combination of signs admitted to the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Most were slightly premature--maybe a... Read More

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Dissecting A Mystery

October 18, 2001

This magazine contains a tremendous amount of factual information about the health problems that are occurring in Kentucky, Ohio, and other states this spring. We also are continuously updating our web site as news becomes available. But there... Read More

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Airing Out Your Barn

October 18, 2001

Many agree that older barns are gorgeous, but are they good for horses? There are many issues to consider, such as construction, footing, layout, and safety. One of the biggest issues is ventilation--is your horse getting enough air?... Read More

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Where Are We Now?

October 18, 2001

The foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in Great Britain started on Feb. 21, 2001. Immediately, virtually all equestrian enterprises stopped in sympathy for the farming community. This affected all sporting and recreational activity including, for the... Read More

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LSU Equine Veterinary Research: Young and Growing

October 16, 2001

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in Louisiana were influential in funding and building the veterinary school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but the school serves all the state's horses and their owners. Although one... Read More

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More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More

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Why Do Horses Need Dental Care?

October 16, 2001

A horse's teeth begin to erupt in the first few days after birth, and continue to grow throughout most ...... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: First Step On A Long Road

October 16, 2001

I'm not happy, but I am satisfied. I'm not happy because I still think there are more questions than answers about letting horses positive for piroplasmosis enter the United States and compete in the Olympics. I'm not happy because I think this... Read More

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Rotavirus Vaccine

October 16, 2001

Researchers looked at healthy and sick foals and also checked mares at foaling and two days after foaling to see if the mares were shedding the rotavirus into the environment where the foals could pick it up.... Read More

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Persistent Uterine Infections

October 16, 2001

T he question that begs an answer concerning uterine infections, in the mind of Jim Briddle, DVM, Riverton, Wyo., isn't so much why they occur, but, rather, why they don't occur more frequently.

"It has always been amazing to me," says the... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: Scientific Information Needed

October 16, 2001

Don't you just hate people who complain all the time and aren't willing to do something about the problem? Me, too. I have been harping on piroplasmosis in this column for the last two months, and we've been covering the controversy stirred up b... Read More

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Oversight and Interaction

October 16, 2001

The policies are stringent. A hard line seems to have been drawn. Responsibilities have been assigned. Excruciating details have been put forth. Now the big questions is: Who?

Georgia and the USDA decided to grant waivers to allow... Read More

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Uterine Cysts

October 15, 2001

The equine uterus, in a manner of speaking, could be compared to a house. When a house is snug and solid with no broken windows, holes in the roof, drafts, or plugged drains, it is a comfortable place in which to live. If, however, there are... Read More

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Mysterious Eye Inflammation Traced to Plant Burrs

October 15, 2001

Fall and winter sometimes bring unexplained eye problems in horses and cattle, with irritation and inflammation, or corneal ulcers. Some of the horses examined at these college clinics over the past several years had microscopic barbed "slivers"... Read More

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The Equine Eye

October 15, 2001

Because it is a prey animal, the horse has both monocular and binocular vision. Its monocular vision is the result of having one eye located on each side of the skull instead of both eyes in the front. This means that the horse has far greater periph... Read More

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Piroplasmosis: The Olympic Question

October 15, 2001

(The following information was presented by Lee Brooks, DVM, the state veterinarian for Georgia, at the American Horse Council's Horse Health Committee meeting. Following this information is a summary from Georgia and the USDA giving... Read More

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Problems With Blue Eyes?

October 12, 2001

Q: I'm looking at a Quarter Horse cross who is about 12 years old and appears to be perfectly healthy. My only concern is that he has two blue eyes. I have not had a pre-purchase vet exam done yet due to the vet's busy schedule,... Read More

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Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

Q: Is it possible for a gelding to have equine viral arteritis? I've read all about this disease in mares and stallions, but I have not read anything about it in geldings.

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New MRLS Theory Suggested

October 12, 2001

The examination of mycotoxins, wild cherry trees, molds, cyanide, odd climatic conditions, and unusually heavy caterpillar infestation has led to one more possible theory to how mare reproductive loss syndrome was triggered this... Read More

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Ohio Searches for Reasons Behind its Spring Losses

October 12, 2001

The same survey questions used to look at risk factors in mares with late-gestation and early fetal losses in Central Kentucky are being used to investigate the outbreak in Southeastern Ohio.

Stephen Schumacher, a... Read More

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West Nile Virus Found in NC Crows, Horses

October 12, 2001

North Carolina's State Public Health Laboratory reported Oct. 9 that West Nile virus (WNV) has been found in two horses in the state. The infected horses were in Hyde County and Camden County (and are not confirmed at... Read More