Recent News for Skin Problems

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Sunburn and Photosensitivity

August 01, 2010

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It serves to protect internal structures from a variety of environmental stimuli. In the summer months this is an especially vital organ for fending off a barrage of flies and the relenting summer sun.... Read More

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Sunburn and Photosensitivity in Horses

August 01, 2010

Like humans, horses are susceptible to sunburn, especially on the non-pigmented pink-skinned areas. ... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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Treating Horses with Tumors: New Technology Available

July 25, 2010

Sound-Eklin digital imaging company introduced the new Axxent Veterinary Electronic Brachytherapy System that will make it easier to perform radiation treatment in horses with tumors.... Read More

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Be Aware of Systemic Effects of Topical Steroids

July 21, 2010

When a horse has a skin problem, most people reach for the steroid creams. However, because the creams are topical, many people don't realize they can have systemic effects on a horse. A recent study showed that a course of topical dexamethasone... Read More

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Full-Thickness Skin Grafts Have Superior Cosmetic Outcome

July 13, 2010

In horses requiring skin grafts to enhance wound healing, split-thickness grafts are typically used, according to Ferenc Toth, DVM, PhD, of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; however, full-thickness grafts provide a better cosmetic appea... Read More

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Three Forms of Pigeon Fever in Horses

July 01, 2010

Infection caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (commonly known as pigeon fever or dryland distemper) assumes three forms: external abscesses, internal infection, and ulcerative lymphangitis (limb infection).... Read More

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Sarcoid Development May Have Genetic Basis

June 06, 2010

The development of sarcoids--the most frequent of equine skin tumors--appears to have a genetic basis, and Swiss researchers are now honing in on the exact genes responsible for the disease.

A new major study involving 222 horses yie... Read More

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Study: White Markings Sell Well, Don't Impact Health

May 21, 2010

Breeding colorful horses, especially with various white markings, seems to breed good business without raising significant health concerns, according to Swiss researchers.

Representing the primary breed of the Swiss national stud, 97... Read More

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Twelve New Equine Fact Sheets Available From TheHorse.com

May 12, 2010

This week TheHorse.com has launched 12 free, handy Fact Sheets on topics of interest to hands-on horse owners. These are invaluable additions to the more than 30 widely acclaimed Fact Sheets that TheHorse.com launched in 2009...... Read More

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Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More

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Allergy Control through Antioxidants and Digestive Support

April 02, 2010

Phytonutrients are class of natural compounds showing tremendous value in controlling inflammation.... Read More

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Flies Show Horse Color Preferences

March 09, 2010

In the world of blood-sucking tabanid flies, a white horse is not nearly as attractive as a brown or black horse, noted a group of researchers from Hungary, Spain, and Sweden.

This interesting tabanid tidbit is likely to be welcomed ... Read More

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HERDA: Skin Characteristics

March 08, 2010

Horses with the hereditary skin disease known as hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) or hyperelastosis cutis (HC) have been recognized since the 1970s, but only recently have researchers defined just how much weaker their skin is... Read More

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The 'Skinny' on Skin Conditions

February 01, 2010

Diagnosing skin diseases is probably one of the greatest challenges to horse handlers and veterinarians alike. Thankfully, veterinary researchers are continually learning more about equine skin diseases and treatment.... Read More

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Send Horse Reproduction, Lameness, Skin Questions to AAEP

January 21, 2010

Veterinarians will provide horse owners with timely, accurate information on reproduction, lameness, and equine skin conditions through the American Association of Equine Practitioners' online "Ask the Vet" discussion tool. Horse ... Read More

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Sarcoids and Other Skin Tumors Discussed by Vets

December 26, 2009

A variety of sarcoid and skin tumor treatments and management topics were discussed by veterinarians during a Table Topic at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. All veterinarians in the room had treated skin... Read More

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Equine Hives: Easy Diagnosis, Often an Elusive Cause

December 14, 2009

Hunting down the cause of hives is often a challenge. Domenico Santoro, DVM, is a dermatology resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana. He explained that urticaria, the medical term for hives, "are flat... Read More

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Genetic Testing for Coat Color in Horses Reviewed

November 28, 2009

One theory explaining this "horse of a different color" phenomenon is that, historically, only a few coat colors might have been appropriate for survival in the wild. For example, horses of a certain color could have been better camouflaged, consider... Read More

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Study: Topical Allergy Cream Can Produce Systemic Effects in Horses

November 10, 2009

Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects, said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also... Read More

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Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. What do you recommend to help heal it?... Read More

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Tail Rubbing in Horses

November 01, 2009

Owners go to great lengths to keep their horses' tails pristine. So, when a horse rubs his tail into a frayed or hairless mess, there is motivation to get to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible.... Read More

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Genetic Diseases in Horses Reviewed for World Equine Vets

October 31, 2009

While genetic diseases exist in a number of horse breeds, many researchers have focused expressly on issues occurring in the Quarter Horse breed. Thanks to their efforts, genetic tests for several disorders specific to this breed are now... Read More

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Third Eyelid Tumors Require Prompt Vet Attention

October 29, 2009

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common cancers in horses. Commonly appearing as small, wartlike bumps on the eyelid or surface of the eye, they require early treatment. While a conscientious owner might quickly notice a new... Read More

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Secondhand Tack and Disease

September 01, 2009

Don't bring a disease home to your horses when buying used tack or even sharing equipment with your friends. ... Read More