Recent News for Skin Problems

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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

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New Targets for Sarcoid Therapy

January 10, 2008

Ask a roomful of horse people if they've ever seen a sarcoid, and you'll probably see a bunch of hands rise, and many knowing nods or eyerolls of owners who have dealt with these frustrating, usually benign tumors. Sarcoids are the most common... Read More

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Hair Club for Horses?

January 01, 2008

My 9-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is losing his hair, and it's not just shedding—he has bare spots of skin.... Read More

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Topical Gel for Bacterial Skin Infections Could Be 'Spot On'

December 18, 2007

Florida researchers reported that equine bacterial skin infections could be effectively treated with a topical "spot-on" gel instead of the traditional labor-intensive shampoos and long-term oral antibiotics.

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LSU Hosts Veterinary Dermatology Seminar

November 10, 2007

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a veterinary dermatology seminar entitled "A Potpourri of Veterinary Dermatologic Diseases and Therapy" on Sunday, Dec. 2. This seminar is generously sponsored by Vetoquinol USA Inc., Virbac... Read More

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Researchers Itching to Find New Equine Skin Allergy Tests

October 27, 2007

Researchers are trying to find better ways to test for skin hypersensitivities in horses for improved relief. ... Read More

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Dermatology Review

July 29, 2007

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivit... Read More

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Intratumoral Chemotherapy Helpful in Preventing Sarcoid Recurrence

July 25, 2007

Veterinarians have attacked sarcoids with everything from scalpels to lasers, and cryotherapy to caustic chemicals. But chemotherapy administered intratumorally could be a viable new option in removing and preventing future outbreaks, according... Read More

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Seabiscuit Statue Returned Home After 55 Years

June 27, 2007

Descendants of the owner, trainer, and jockey of Seabiscuit paid tribute to the legendary American racehorse June 23 as a life-sized bronze sculpture of the horse was unveiled and formally dedicated at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, Calif.... Read More

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HERDA: DNA Tests Available for Disfiguring Skin Disease

May 28, 2007

Scientific research has scored another significant victory in the equine world. Two DNA tests are now available to detect carrier status for hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA), also known as hyperelastosis cutis (HC).

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Lab Cytology Tests

April 01, 2007

Cytology, the study of cells, involves the collection and examination of cells and fluid from organs, tissues, and body cavities. Cells naturally shed from the surfaces of mucous membranes, organs, and skin lesions, and they can be collected for... Read More

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Skin Disease and Dermatology

March 01, 2007

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivity... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Rainrot

November 15, 2006

Rainrot (rain scald) is a skin problem that often appears during wet weather. ... Read More