Recent News for Diseases and Conditions

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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

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In Pennsylvania 22 Horses Destroyed Due to EIA

January 01, 2000

The total number of horses which have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in northeastern Pennsylvania has risen to 23. Twenty-two of the horses have been destroyed, and three remain under quarantine. Another horse tested positive... Read More

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Airway Disease Studies

January 01, 2000

Researchers at Michigan State University are into their third year of a 10-year study of the pathogenesis and most efficacious treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Explains Ed Robinson, MRCVS, PhD (respiratory physiology)... Read More

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EVA Brochure Available

January 01, 2000

The potentially life-threatening disease equine viral arteritis (EVA) and its effect on young foals and pregnant mares are the subject of a new client-education brochure developed by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).... Read More

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Big Ben Dies At 23

December 16, 1999

Big Ben, Canada's most famous show jumping horse, died early Saturday, Dec. 11, from colic. He was 23.

Big Ben, ridden for over a decade by Ian Millar of Perth, came down with colic around 6 p.m. EST on Friday. He was euthanized in orde... Read More

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West Nile Virus Meeting

December 10, 1999

The USET and Stadium Jumping in conjunction with the Florida Division of the Animal Industry are sponsoring a meeting in Wellington, FL on December 20, 1999 to discuss the West Nile Virus and its effect on the equine. Nationally recognized... Read More

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Summary Of West Nile Virus In The United States

December 10, 1999

Courtesy of USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Emergency Programs
Infectious Disease Table Topics, AAEP Convention
(Report of November 18, 1999)

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been identified in birds, mosquitoes,... Read More

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Breeding the Older Mare

December 01, 1999

Older mares' reproductive ability declines, and getting and keeping them pregnant become more problematic.... Read More

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EIA Positives At 21 in Pennsylvania

November 05, 1999

According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), as of Nov. 2, a total of 21 equids have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wayne County since Sept. 18. Eighteen of these have been destroyed;... Read More

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Europe Bans Import Of U.S. Horses Originating In WNV-Affected Areas

November 05, 1999

Last minute negotiations between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the European Commission have failed to stop a ban on the importation of U.S. horses from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey into Europe. The American Horse Council learned... Read More

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COPD

November 01, 1999

Please take a deep breath. Excuse me, I said could you take a deep breath please? No, stop nuzzling at my backside. Could you please just take a deep breath?

This might be a typical one-sided conversation a veterinarian would want... Read More

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Stall Design

November 01, 1999

That stall is very likely the place where your horse is going to spend the bulk of his existence as a domestic animal. Even if he is turned out every day, and exercised regularly, up to 16 hours of his daily life could be whiled away in that familiar... Read More

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Ulcer Pain

November 01, 1999

Horse owners cause ulcers. What else are we to conclude when one of the world's leading researchers in this area of equine health says that "100%" of domestic horses have ulcers at some point in their lives. Ulcers are one of those problems that... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers

November 01, 1999

Stomach ulcers and lesions can be an affliction in horses young and old. The presence of ulcers often causes severe discomfort to the horse and, in radical cases, can result in death. Attempting to describe ulcers is a bit like trying to describ... Read More

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17 Pa. Horses Positive For EIA

October 22, 1999

Seventeen equines have tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia in Wayne County since Sept. 18, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). Fourteen of the equines have been destroyed, and the other three are quarantined.... Read More

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Mexico Removes CEM Testing Requirements For U.S. Horses

October 22, 1999

The USDA announced Oct. 15 that U.S. horses exported to Mexico will no longer be tested for contagious equine metritis (CEM) and quarantined for 30 days.

"The United States has been... Read More