Recent News for Skin Problems

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Skin Problems and Climate

March 01, 2002

We recently purchased a horse in Kentucky which we shipped to Montana to be a ranch horse. His coat is taking a beating with the cold, dry air. He has little hair on his face, and his coat is thin and flaking. Are there any supplements or... Read More

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Scrape That Won't Heal

February 01, 2002

My 2-year-old Percheron gelding has a scrape just above his right hock (on the outside in the groove). He has had it since birth, but it was more irritated this summer. In winter, it gets dry, scabby, and hairless. What can I use to heal it,... Read More

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The Role of Bovine Papillomavirus in Equine Sarcoids

February 01, 2002

Bovine papillomavirus (BPV) has long been suspected of playing a role in the development of sarcoid tumors in horses. Different subtypes of the virus, BPV-1 and BPV-2, have been identified in individual sarcoid biopsies. It is not clear, however... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2001: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

February 01, 2002

We've probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with an itching problem no one could quite figure out. In the roundtable discussion on pruritic (itchy) horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horses to keep them... Read More

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Surgical Techniques (AAEP Convention 2001)

February 01, 2002

Surgery topics at the 2001 AAEP Convention helped the practitioner learn new techniques ... Read More

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Sunrise Session: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

November 26, 2001

We’ve probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with a scratching problem no one could quite figure out. In Monday’s roundtable discussion on itchy horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horse... Read More

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Common Skin Issues for Horses

September 17, 2001

 The horse's largest and most visible organ is his skin. Its job is to protect the internal organs from the outside environment; to help maintain constant temperature, water, and mineral balance; and to... Read More

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Insects and Parasites: Fighting Fall Foes

August 01, 2001

However, some horse-troubling insects and parasites become more active during late summer and fall. Unchecked, they can be an annoyance, stress a horse's energy reserves during the winter months, or cause illness or death. It is up to you to protect ... Read More

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Warts

June 01, 2001

Q: My yearling has broken out with warts around his mouth. These warts have become quite unsightly. How do I treat him, and will they come back? Should I quarantine him so he does not spread the warts to my other horses?... Read More

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Flaxseed Might Help Fight Sweet-Itch

June 01, 2001

A University of Guelph Equine Research Centre (ERC) study indicates that flaxseed (linseed) can relieve symptoms of sweet-itch, an allergic skin condition more formally known as recurrent seasonal pruritis. Sweet-itch is a common complaint in... Read More

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Wildlife Disease: Contagious Critters

May 01, 2001

Diseases from other animals pose a constant threat to our horses. Disease-causing agents, or pathogens, lurk in local wildlife, fly overhead in birds, and lay in the next field inside cows peacefully chewing their cuds. These disease agents--whether ... Read More

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Equine Skin Disease

April 06, 2001

Equine skin diseases may be due to fungal agents (dermatophytes or ringworm), bacterial infections (dermatophilus or "rain scald"), or immune-mediated disorders (pemphigus foliaceous). Nodular skin diseases... Read More

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Hair Loss in Horses

April 01, 2001

Tracking down the reason for skin disorders often becomes an exercise in sleuthing. One important element to consider is whether or not your horse is itching and rubbing out the hair, or if the hair is simply missing because of a disease or immune pr... Read More

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AAEP Convention Preview: Sunrise Sessions and Table Topics

January 01, 2001

The Sunrise Sessions (and lunchtime Table Topics) offer AAEP convention attendees a roundtable type of discussion format where they can choose their particular interests from a long list of popular topics. They can ask questions of session... Read More

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AAEP Reports

January 01, 2001

The 2001 annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners served up a banquet of information for veterinarians and horse owners. One full day was devoted to owner education, featuring veterinarians speaking on a variety of... Read More

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Skin Problems During the Summer

August 01, 2000

Skin problems in horses are some of the most frustrating disorders to manage for both owner and veterinarian. Skin problems can disfigure a horse, and even can cause unsoundness. In addition, many skin diseases, such as allergies, hav... Read More

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Equine Skin Problems and Causes

August 01, 2000

Skin is a horse's largest organ, and it's the only organ that an owner can examine in its entirity and monitor on a daily basis. The skin not only acts as a barrier to outside insults, but protects a horse's internal structures, allows the... Read More

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USDA Wrapping Up Screwworm Investigation

June 01, 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)is concluding a foreign animal disease investigation by recognizing a Florida veterinarian for his part in preventing screwworm from becoming established in Florida, potentially causing extensive damage t... Read More

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Proud Flesh

May 01, 2000

Q: My horse had a cut on his lower cannon bone and my vet gave me instructions on how to wrap it to prevent proud flesh. What is proud flesh, and can it really become a problem, or is he being overly cautious?... Read More

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Patchy Hair Loss

October 01, 1999

I noticed that my Arabian mare was missing a patch of hair under her mane at the beginning of the summer. Since then, the spot has gotten larger. What causes this? How can I treat it?

Hair loss in the horse can be caused by something... Read More

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Wound Care

August 01, 1999

Wound care is one of those many horse issues where there are as many opinions regarding treatment as there are horse owners and veterinarians. There are hundreds of agents (both commercial and home-brew) available to paint, spray, smear, gob, an... Read More

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Safe Use of Grooming Products

June 01, 1999

Explore lotions, creams, and ointments, along with grooming tools and beauty wraps you use on your horse.... Read More

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Sarcoids And Melanomas

June 01, 1999

Tumor. Now there's a word guaranteed to strike fear into anyone's heart. Loosely defined, a tumor is an uncontrolled or incorrect growth of cells, which can invade normal tissue and disrupt functions. It can be benign (meaning... Read More

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Tail Rubbing Problem

December 01, 1998

My horse is constantly rubbing his tail on anything he can find. It has become so bad that the hair at the base of his tail has either fallen out or become matted. Thankfully, I've finished my show season, but what is causing him to do this? ... Read More

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The Aging Equine

October 01, 1998

The average lifespan of a horse is said to be about 24 years; but as with humans, a horse's chronological age isn't always a good indicator of how old he really is. Some horses still are active at the age of 35, while others suffer significant signs ... Read More