Recent News for Respiratory Problems

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N.J. Track's Caution is Judicious and Smart, Says Vet Expert

October 25, 2006

Little information will be available on the status of five horses that developed fevers at Monmouth Park racetrack in New Jersey until tests are returned on nasal swabs from the animals. The horses reportedly have not shown any neurologic signs.... Read More

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Equine Herpes Scare Forces Ban on Shipping

October 24, 2006

A possible case of equine herpes at Monmouth Park has led New Jersey sports officials to ban the shipment of thoroughbred horses out of the state.

Horses stabled at Monmouth Park still will be allowed to race at the Meadowlands for the current... Read More

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Possible Virus Has Mid-Atlantic Tracks Taking Action

October 23, 2006

Philadelphia Park, Penn National Race Course, and Delaware Park have closed their stable gates to horses stabled at Monmouth Park, based on information that several horses at the New Jersey racetrack have exhibited signs of the equine... Read More

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Possible EHV-1 Cases Have Tracks On-Guard

October 23, 2006

The racing industry is safeguarding against equine herpesvirus-1 in light of a possible equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where several horses have developed fevers and are being tested for the illness.... Read More

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Ultrasonography for Laryngeal Evaluation

October 22, 2006

Endoscopy is the current diagnostic method of choice for evaluating the equine upper airway. However, veterinarians at Cornell University for the first time have described ultrasound techniques for evaluating the equine larynx, and they say the... Read More

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Diagnosis of Upper Airway Disorders at Rest Alone Is Unreliable

October 16, 2006

United Kingdom researchers recently reported that endoscopic examinations of upper airway obstructions in horses at rest and without the use of a treadmill can be unreliable and should not be used alone to diagnose conditions and determine... Read More

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

October 12, 2006

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that... Read More

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Respiratory Recordings

October 05, 2006

A new device can record respiratory sounds when horses exercise in a normal environment.... Read More

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Influenza Cases Emerge in Paso Fino Show Horses

October 04, 2006

At least 15 cases of equine influenza were detected in the wake of the Paso Fino Horse Association's 34th Annual Grand National Championship Show, which was held Sept. 17-23 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and AgriCenter in Perry,... Read More

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Guelph Researchers Working on New R. Equi Vaccine

October 02, 2006

Canadian researchers are working to develop a more effective vaccine for Rhodococcus equi that they hope will protect foals as young as three weeks of age from the harmful bacterium.

Rhodococcus equi lives in the soil... Read More

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Internal Insights

October 01, 2006

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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British Horse Society Scotland Urges Precautions Against Strangles

September 15, 2006

Scotland has experienced an alarming increase in the number of strangles outbreaks this year and the British Horse Society (BHS) is urging horse owners and yard managers to take strict biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of this... Read More

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Respiratory Disease: Not So Easy Breathing

September 14, 2006

The terms recurrent airway obstruction (RAO or heaves) and inflammatory airway disease (IAD) are often wrongfully used interchangeably to describe horses with non-infectious respiratory disease.... Read More

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Predicting Pulmonary Hypertension

September 14, 2006

"Significant pulmonary hypertension is known to occur secondary to recurrent airway obstruction in horses," researchers said. "How this relates to disease severity or long-term prognosis is not known. In part, this may be due to the difficulty and/or... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi Discussed

September 14, 2006

Rhodococcus equi is a bacterium in the soil that can travel to, and multiply within, the foal's lungs, causing a deadly pneumonia if it is not caught and treated early. Hines described the possibility of developing vaccines with genetic targets that... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

August 01, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted the 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. A variety of animal rescue organizations sponsored the event, which was attended by more than 650... Read More

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Strangles Vaccines and Immunity to Streptococcus equi

July 14, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

Equine strangles is caused by Streptococcus equi, a biovar, or clonal descendent... Read More

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Neurologic Herpes 24-Hour Test

June 27, 2006

A rapid (24-hour) test is now available to identify neuropathic strains of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). This means in the event of an outbreak of herpesvirus, or if a horse has neurologic signs of undetermined origin, a veterinarian can take a... Read More

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Strangles Outbreak Spreading Among New Forest Ponies

June 02, 2006

An outbreak of strangles among the wild New Forest ponies is spreading, according to an article in The Salisbury Journal, a United Kingdom weekly newspaper. (Read the full Journal article Read More

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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Lift Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 17, 2006

A horse that had displayed clinical signs of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was negative for the virus according to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the disease. This resulted in the lifting of an embargo imposed by the West Virginia... Read More

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West Virginia Tracks Issue Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

May 15, 2006

A suspected case of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has led two West Virginia racetracks to issue an embargo on any horses from a horse farm in Ohio.

According to the Wheeling (West Virginia) Intelligencer, officials at... Read More

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Keeneland Horse Doesn't Have Strangles

May 02, 2006

A Thoroughbred racehorse at Keeneland began showing slight signs of filling in the submandibular region (under the jaw) late last week, and on Saturday (April 29) the horse was moved to a private clinic for diagnosis. The fear was that the horse... Read More