Recent News for Breeding and Reproduction

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Australian Mystery Disease

November 29, 2004

Reports have been circulating that there is a disease similar to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) occurring in Australia. In a correspondence, Nigel Perkins, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACT, FACVSc, of the private consulting firm AusVet Animal Health... Read More

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Managing Subfertile Stallions

November 19, 2004

The decision to manage a subfertile stallion non-conventionally is "based on the condition of farm economics or despair, or more appropriately, the last hope before retiring the stallion," said Irwin K.M. Liu, DVM, PhD, a professor in the... Read More

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Tips for Stallion Handlers, From Novice to Advanced

November 16, 2004

Even though we think a stallion should know his business in the breeding shed, that is not always the case at the beginning. "Starting a novice breeding stallion can range from a quick and easy project accomplished in a few brief sessions to a... Read More

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Septic Arthritis

November 10, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and... Read More

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Surgery to Address Roman Ruler's Ridgling Condition

November 05, 2004

Fog City Stable's Thoroughbred Roman Ruler, fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, is scheduled to undergo surgery Nov. 7 to remove an undescended testicle.

"He's a cryptorchid... Read More

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Age-Related Parasites: Scourges of Foals and Young Horses

November 01, 2004

Editor's Note: This is part eleven of a 12-part series on internal parasites of horses.

BY KAREN BRIGGS, WITH CRAIG REINEMEYER, DVM, PHD; DENNIS FRENCH, DVM, MS, DIPL. ABVP; AND RAY KAPLAN, DVM, PHD... Read More

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Is Arthritis Genetic?

November 01, 2004

Q: My 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare was diagnosed with arthritis about a year ago. She competed in low-level horse trials for about six years and only recently began to show signs of arthritis, but 14 seems to be a little young... Read More

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Congenital Hypothyroidism Devastates Western Canada Breeders

November 01, 2004

Veterinarians in western Canada report that 2004 has been a disappointing year for many breeders because of an increase in cases of fatal congenital hypothyroidism in foals. Newborns with the disease can exhibit clinical signs such as contracted... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss, Too

November 01, 2004

The case against Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) causing mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) is getting stronger, say researchers. Gavage (tubing into the stomach) of caterpillar larvae has been shown to cause late-term abortions that are... Read More

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Equine Obstetric Lubricants

November 01, 2004

"With such long necks and long limbs, it's a wonder any foal can be born normally," observed Grant S. Frazer, BVSc, MSc, MBA, Dipl. ACT, associate professor in reproduction at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine at the... Read More

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Recent Advances in Equine Obstetrics

November 01, 2004

Equine obstetrics is more than "pulling a foal out." At the American College of Theriogenology (ACT) meeting held in August in Lexington, Ky., the basics of this specialty--as practiced with today's advanced capabilities--were defined by Grant S... Read More

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Endometrial Biopsy

October 25, 2004

It is well established that mares decline in fertility with advancing age; even mares within the window of optimal reproduction sometime suffer from reduced fertility. An important contributor to these problems is endometrial disease. Considerin... Read More

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Champion Thoroughbred Fosters Orphaned Foal

October 13, 2004

Maybe it was an overwhelming maternal instinct. Or maybe it was that headstrong, competitive spirit. Brown Bess wanted another baby. Retired from life as a broodmare, the 22-year-old champion had the roam of a grassy pasture with other pensioned... Read More

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Equimax Receives FDA Approval for Pregnant and Nursing Mares

October 01, 2004

The broad-spectrum dewormer Equimax (also labeled for tapeworms) recently received FDA approval for safety in pregnant and nursing mares. A French study confirmed the safety of ivermectin/praziquantel--the active ingredients in Equimax--for this... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss, Too

September 13, 2004

The case against Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) causing mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) is getting stronger, say researchers. Gavage (tubing into the stomach) of caterpillar larvae has been shown to cause late-term abortions that are... Read More

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Ocala Horsemen Cope With Power Outages, Minor Damage Following Frances

September 08, 2004

Horsemen in Ocala were coping with downed trees, damage to barn roofs, and widespread power outages Wednesday during the wake of Hurricane Frances, which pounded Central Florida with heavy rains and strong winds over the Labor Day... Read More

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Vaccinating Strategically

September 01, 2004

Every spring, you ask your veterinarian to vaccinate your horse to protect her from disease while she's showing, racing, carrying a foal, or hanging around your pasture. But is this yearly routine the best way to confer immunity with the vaccine... Read More

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Confirmed in Maryland

September 01, 2004

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of disease in two Maryland horses infected during a deadly disease outbreak this spring. Twelve horses exhibited signs of neurologic illness in the outbreak at a... Read More

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Taming an Aggressive Foal

September 01, 2004

We recently were blessed with a healthy filly. However, the breeder we bought the mare from had her due date wrong. She came five weeks before we were expecting her. She was born in the pasture with another mare present. Th... Read More

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Dexamethasone Use in Pregnant Mares

September 01, 2004

Can you help me locate information on steroids given to a mare during pregnancy? The mare has been receiving dexamethasone for cancer up until two months before her due date. The cancer then returned. I would like to help research further... Read More

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MRLS in Washington State?

August 09, 2004

While there has been speculation that several cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) happened in Washington state during the spring of 2003, the number of accessions to the state's diagnostic lab doesn't uphold that theory. Charles... Read More

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AAEP's Focus on Joints

August 02, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held its annual Focus meeting on July 22-24 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., to commemorate the first gathering of the group 50 years ago at that site. A plaque was given to the hotel... Read More

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Cryptorchidectomy Surgery

August 01, 2004

My stallion is going in for a cryptorchidectomy surgery (removal of a retained testicle). He has never bred any mares and is well behaved. This spring, his testicle started swelling on hot days and my veterinarian recommended the surgery. What is...... Read More

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Tendon Healing, Aged Broodmare Fertility Featured at AVMA Convention

July 27, 2004

Smarty Jones won a little sympathy Saturday night, July 24, as Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, board-certified veterinary surgeon, recounted the tale of how the Pennsylvania-bred colt reared up in the starting gate of... Read More

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The Live Equine Heart: A First Look (video incl)

July 12, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred foal called a ventricular septal defect... Read More