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Fat Fillies and Slothful Stallions: The Obesity Epidemic Hits Equine Companions

November 06, 2006

An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/. Requests for reprints of this article may be directed to Mandy Barth, Read More

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New Claim: Arsenic Poisoning Killed Phar Lap

October 23, 2006

Arsenic killed Australasia's greatest racehorse Phar Lap near San Francisco 74 years ago, a new scientific study alleges. The story in the Rupert-Murdoch-owned (Melbourne) Sun-Herald suggests that the finding 'reveals' that Phar Lap was... Read More

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Lost in the Fog's Ashes to Stay in the Bay Area

October 21, 2006

Lost in the Fog's owner, Harry Aleo, told the Sacramento Bee yesterday that the Thoroughbred's ashes will be buried at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley,... Read More

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Lost in the Fog's Cancer Extensive, Necropsy Reveals

October 19, 2006

The deceased champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's cancer was much more extensive than originally believed and most likely had been growing for many months.

Results of the necropsy, released Oct. 18, showed a gigantic tumor that compromised... Read More

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Afleet Alex Recovering After Hernia Surgery

September 28, 2006

Gainesway Farm reported Wednesday that dual classic winner and stallion Afleet Alex is recovering from surgery performed on Sept. 26 to repair an inguinal hernia.

The colt is expected to make a full recovery from the surgery, which was... Read More

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Owner of Texas Boarding Stable Suspects Intentional Poisoning of 27 Horses

September 21, 2006

The owner of Carousel Acres, the College Station, Texas, boarding facility where 27 horses died the week of July 16, says he now believes the horses were poisoned intentionally, according to The Eagle Land and Livestock Post.

The... Read More

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Geography a Likely Tie to Histoplasmosis Rates

September 21, 2006

Researchers with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia have found a strong correlation between the rate of histoplasmosis (epizootic lymphangitis) and the climate of the area in which horses live. The study was published in the July Veterinary... Read More

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Champion Sprinter Lost in the Fog Euthanatized

September 18, 2006

Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, was euthanatized Sunday, Sept. 17, three weeks after doctors found three cancerous tumors in his spleen and along his back.

The charismatic champion began his career with 10... Read More

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Seizures in Horses

September 17, 2006

What causes seizures, and is there anything I can do to prevent them from happening?... Read More

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Aging and the Aortic Valve

September 14, 2006

Researchers from the United Kingdom report there is a decrease in contractile function of the horse's aortic valve with age, resulting in aortic valve disease.... Read More

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COX-2 Expression in Equine Tumors (ACVIM 2006)

September 14, 2006

Therapies for equine cancer are few and far between, but a veterinary oncologist from Colorado State University (CSU) thinks equine tumors could be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). ... Read More

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Echocardiographs and Pulmonary Arterial Pressures

September 14, 2006

Researchers have found that echocardiographic measurements of the pulmonary artery, aorta, and heart chambers gave a valid estimate of pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) in horses. The ability to measure PAP is key to diagnosing and following... Read More

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Small Volume Resuscitation in Anesthetized Endotoxemic Horses

September 14, 2006

Endotoxemia occurs when toxins from the wall of Gram-negative bacteria crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream. Endotoxin becomes concentrated on the surface of white blood cells, causing them to secrete inflammatory agents. ... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Begins Chemotherapy

September 11, 2006

Lost in the Fog was resting in his stall at Golden Gate Fields Saturday (Sept. 9), two days after receiving his first chemotherapy treatment at the University of California, Davis.

The champion sprinter of 2005 had the treatment Thursday... Read More

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World Cup Winner Electrocutionist Dead

September 09, 2006

Dubai World Cup winner Electrocutionist died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, several days after an abnormality was detected in the 5-year-old horse's heart.

Dubai-based Godolphin Racing Inc. owned Electrocutionist, considered a to... Read More

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Damage From Within

September 01, 2006

Mycotoxins can form in plants within hours and they can reach maximum concentration within one to two weeks. ... Read More

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Accidental Poisoning Kills 27 Horses at Texas Boarding Barn

September 01, 2006

Twenty-seven horses died the week of July 16 from apparent accidental poisoning at a boarding farm in College Station, Texas.

Researchers at nearby Texas A&M University (TAMU) suspect a pesticide fumigant used in a feed silo nearby was... Read More

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Lost in the Fog: How Common is Equine Cancer?

August 29, 2006

The grim diagnosis of 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's inoperable tumors has raised questions about the occurrence of cancer in equines.

"It's not a common problem in horses in general," said Elizabeth Davis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, an... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Given "Reasonable Chance"

August 27, 2006

The veterinarian treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.

Dr. Gary Magdesian, chief of... Read More

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Lost in the Fog 'Not Done Yet,' Gilchrist Says

August 25, 2006

Less than a week ago, trainer Greg Gilchrist said that it was "the bottom of the ninth" for his champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, diagnosed with terminal cancer. But at his Golden Gate Fields stable Thursday, the rally caps were... Read More

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Inoperable Tumor Found In Lost In the Fog

August 21, 2006

Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.

The popular colt, owned by Harry Aleo,... Read More

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Purina Releases Statement Regarding Texan Toxicity Incident

August 17, 2006

Press release from Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC:

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine has advised Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC that it has completed its investigation of the Brazos County, Texas, horse mortality... Read More

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Lost in the Fog to Undergo Tests Friday

August 17, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school will run extensive tests on Lost in the Fog Friday in order to determine whether they will perform surgery to remove what is believed to be a cancerous mass from his spleen. If the... Read More

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Lost in the Fog Suspected to Have Cancer

August 16, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, through a stomach sonogram, have found a mass in Lost in the Fog's spleen that they suspect is a lymphoma, according to Greg Gilchrist, who trains last year's Eclipse Award-winning... Read More

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Stay Cool: Helping Horses Adjust in Extreme Heat

August 04, 2006

The heat wave that swept across the U.S. this week broke temperature records and strained power grids as people cranked up the air conditioning in an attempt to keep cool. Horses also suffered in the extreme temperatures, prompting a shut-down a... Read More