Recent News for Respiratory Problems

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Philly Park Horse Tested for Equine Herpesvirus

November 03, 2006

Philadelphia Park officials were cautiously optimistic a horse from the barn of Ramon Martin does not have equine herpesvirus despite having been exposed to the virus at an equine clinic in New Jersey.

"The horse isn't exhibiting any signs... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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New Jersey Imposes Quarantine on More Than 1,000 Monmouth Park Horses

October 27, 2006

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine Oct. 26 on more than 1,000 horses at Monmouth Park in the wake of positive test results on at least one horse for the neuropathogenic strain of the equine herpes virus.

At least... Read More

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Jersey Meet to Continue; Other Tracks Ban Shippers

October 27, 2006

Despite having to limit fields to horses stabled only at Monmouth Park due to four confirmed cases of the equine herpesvirus and a subsequent decline in total handle, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are planning to finish th... Read More

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Equus Survival Trust Presenting Rare Breeds at Equine Affaire

October 26, 2006

The Equus Survival Trust will be presenting three endangered breeds, the Caspian horse, the Fell pony, and the Dales pony at the nation's largest equine trade show, Equine Affaire in Springfield, Mass.

The Equus Survival Trust is ... Read More

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Four Monmouth Horses Test Positive for Herpesvirus

October 25, 2006

Four Monmouth Park-based horses with fevers have tested positive for the respiratory version of equine herpesvirus, according to results received this afternoon (Oct. 25).

The barn housing the horses in the Monmouth Park stable area has... Read More

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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