Recent News for Skin Problems

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Monitoring Horses after Plasma Transfusions Recommended

June 06, 2009

Plasma is widely administered to horses and foals for a variety of reasons, such as a critical illness, failure of passive transfer in foals, or prophylaxis against Rhodococcus equi. ... Read More

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A Rash of Questions

May 01, 2009

Q: We have a Paint mare that is mostly white. In the spring and summer she has a rash-type skin problem around her nose and moving to her shoulders. It starts out looking like what we were told was dew poisoning, but it has spread... Read More

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Equine Sarcoid Treatment Recommendations, WEVA 2008

April 23, 2009

The equine sarcoid is an unpredictable skin tumor capable of wreaking havoc on a horse's body. While not technically a "cancer" (neoplasm) in the pathological sense, sarcoids are often considered as such because they are a potential career- and... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More

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Anhidrosis: Altered Thyroid Function a Potential Contributor

February 28, 2009

Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.

Sweating is the primary mean... Read More

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New for Veterinarians and Equine Professionals

February 01, 2009

A year-round guide to what's available for assisting veterinary professionals.... Read More

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Skin Deep

January 01, 2009

Your horse's skin is a huge and complex organ that serves as a barometer for his inner health.

We tend to think of a horse's skin as just the envelope that contains all the important stuff. But the skin is an organ--the... Read More

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Radiation for Equine Cancer Offered by Washington State

November 06, 2008

During the past few years, the oncology team at Washington State University (WSU) has successfully treated several horses with cancer using radiation therapy. Previously, this type of treatment was considered an unrealistic option for horses wit... Read More

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Don't Ignore Melanomas

October 01, 2008

The latest research indicates that equine practitioners and the general public need to understand that a melanoma is not just a benign bump.

The statistics are a little daunting:

  1. Up to 80% of gray horses older... Read More

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Mare With Melanoma: A Teacher to the End

October 01, 2008

Years ago my family became the owners of a beautiful, older Arab mare named Danza Mia. She�s been mentioned in this column several times, including a couple of years ago when we had to make the decision for euthanasia. Based on her necropsy, it... Read More

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Equine Laser Surgery Now Available through Wisconsin Vet School

September 19, 2008

Lasers are changing the options available to horse owners whose animals need surgical procedures.

"Laser surgery can not only save horse owners money for certain procedures, it can also be more effective than traditional surgery, with fewer... Read More

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HIVES

August 15, 2008

Horse owners often refer to these bumps as feed bumps, protein bumps, or heat bumps, since these terms describe some causes of hives. Usually, an allergic reaction remains localized to the skin, but if clinical signs persist or are not arrested early... Read More

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Focus on Equine Genetics: the Ol' Gray Mare

August 08, 2008

For more than 100 years, equine researchers have been examining why gray horses that are losing hair pigmentation are often concurrently affected by melanomas—tumors characterized by a massive production of the pigment melanin.

According... Read More

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Hives: Identifying the Source

July 31, 2008

For the one-time occurrence of hives, you might never discover the incriminating source. However, if hives recur, you might be motivated to track the allergen. Start by mentally reconstructing any changes in diet, environment, medications,... Read More

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Sarcoid-Causing Virus Harbored by Circulating Blood Cells

July 26, 2008

Aggressive research efforts to discover how the sarcoid-causing bovine papillomaviruses (BPV) are spread either within or between horses have resulted in the identification of BPV genetic material (DNA) in circulating blood cells. ... Read More

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Sarcoids Beware: Electrochemotherapy in Horses 'Highly Effective'

July 17, 2008

In an effort to find a cure for sarcoids, common skin tumors in horses, a group of researchers have spent the past 15 years developing electrochemotherapy (ECT)--a treatment modality that uses a combination of chemotherapeutic drug administratio... Read More

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Radiation Therapy for Equine Cancer Patients

July 08, 2008

While radiation therapy might seem like an unrealistic option for managing horses with cancer, Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, Dipl. ACVIM, from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine suggests the opposite. She attests... Read More

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Bioabsorbable Cisplatin Beads for Skin Cancers

April 24, 2008

Skin cancers are seen in horses, and many methods and technologies have been used to treat them. One of the more recent strategies is intralesional chemotherapy, or placing a chemotherapeutic agent directly in the tumor to kill the abnormal cells.... Read More

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Fire Ants and Horses

April 08, 2008

Fire ants deliver a simultaneous bite and sting that are very painful and give them their infamous name. The threat of fire ants to healthy, ambulatory adult animals is fairly minimal. However, fire ants can be a significant threat to recumbent... Read More

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Reviewing Limb Cellulitis: Management Key to Good Outcome

March 13, 2008

According to a new Canadian study, cellulitis--a diffuse bacterial infection of the skin and associated tissues--is common in horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, but is rarely life threatening if managed appropriately.

"Despite being a... Read More

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Readers Respond: Battling Rain Rot

March 13, 2008

Nearly 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Has your horse had rain rot?" ... Read More

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Sarcoid Sleuths: Investigating Unsightly Tumors

February 20, 2008

Getting rid of sarcoids is challenging since tumors often come back after treatment. Even worse, conducting biopsies or surgically removing some types of tumors can trigger more rapid growth.... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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Vaccine-Based Treatment for Equine Sarcoids

January 20, 2008

Horses with sarcoids could soon benefit from a new vaccine-based treatment that is currently being developed by a group of German researchers. Equine sarcoids, semi-malignant skin tumors caused by bovine papillomaviruses (BPV)-1 and -2, are common in... Read More

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Face Flies Linked to Sarcoid Spread?

January 10, 2008

A U.K. veterinarian has possibly linked common face flies to the spread of sarcoids, one of the most commonly encountered equine neoplasias (tumors), and it is conceivable that the risk of spreading sarcoids could be minimized through horse... Read More