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"Dreamer" Features Racehorse with Fracture

October 01, 2005

John Gatins, the writer/director of the upcoming movie "Dreamer," used the story of Thoroughbred racehorse Mariah's Storm as the movie's inspiration. In "Dreamer," a Thoroughbred filly named Soñador breaks her leg. The movie tells the story of... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination Revisited

October 01, 2005

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a comprehensive report detailing the number of reported rabies cases in the United States and Puerto Rico. The most up-to-date report, which details cases from the year 2003... Read More

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Detecting Rhodococcus equi Faster

October 01, 2005

Rhodococcus equi pnemonia is an insidious disease of foals--by the time one sees clinical signs, the pnemonia can be well advanced. Thus, tests that have greater sensitivity for R. equi are needed because they might permit... Read More

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Study Might Link American Robins To West Nile Virus

October 01, 2005

A recent DNA study of the blood consumed by 300 mosquitoes in Connecticut over the past three years found that 40% fed on American robins, while only 1% fed on American crows, a known host of West Nile virus (WNV). Theodore Andreadis, MS, PhD,... Read More

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An Unusual Case of Septic Arthritis

October 01, 2005

Septic or infectious arthritis in healthy adult horses usually develops rapidly, creating significant lameness, but a recent case report found that septic arthritis might appear chronic rather than acute, and that it can be caused by an unusual... Read More

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Anthrax Flares Continue

October 01, 2005

Livestock anthrax cases are dispersed over Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and southern Manitoba, Canada. North Dakota is having a record year, with more than 300 cases since early July.

Minnesota has reported five anthrax... Read More

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Mandatory Disclosure of Veterinary Practices Postponed

October 01, 2005

The Monitoring Committee for the Sales Integrity Program has postponed implementation of the mandatory disclosure of acceptable veterinary practices, says the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The program's code of ethics... Read More

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Shipping Mix-Up Sends Studs To the Wrong Countries

October 01, 2005

The search for the Thoroughbred stud Dubai Excellence has turned to Ukraine. This is where the horse thought to be Samood, who was identified as the stallion believed initially to be Dubai Excellence in Australia, is meant to have gone, sources... Read More

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Company Offers Commercial Cloning

October 01, 2005

A San Francisco, Calif., company announced in late July its intention to clone one individual's horse for profit, at a cost of $367,593 for implanting clone embryos into 100 mares plus additional patent royalties based on the number of clones... Read More

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Influenza Vaccine Updates

October 01, 2005

According to Equine Disease Quarterly, which is published by the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and sponsored by Lloyd's, the Influenza Expert Surveillance Panel this year recommended that influenza vaccines contain the... Read More

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Government Agencies and Private Adoption Group Team Up for Mustang Event

October 01, 2005

In the second annual event sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forest Service, and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition (COWHC), nine wild mustangs gathered from eastern Oregon public lands were to be offered to qualified... Read More

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Horse Rescue Receives Seal of Approval

October 01, 2005

Independent Charities of America has awarded Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon, Md., with the "Best In America" seal of approval for adhering to high standards of accountability and successfully managing the organization's finances. For more... Read More

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Eastern Encephalitis

October 01, 2005

Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus is quite active in the United States, and many cases have been reported in Southeastern horses this year. The Florida state veterinarian expects levels close to 2003, when 200 horses were reported to... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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Crossing Boundaries

October 01, 2005

Vaccination of broodmares is just one part of a complete disease prevention program, but its importance should not be underestimated. Immunization is one of the least expensive, and most effective, strategies horse breeders can use to protect... Read More

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California Fires Force Horse Evacuations

September 30, 2005

Smoke rising from wildfires in Los Angeles County, Calif., provided an uneasy backdrop for the teams of rescuers tending to animal evacuees housed at Pierce College, just eight miles from the fires. At one time the college housed more than 210... Read More

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Days End From the Front Lines

September 30, 2005

"We're walking through three feet of human waste and smelling death everywhere; it's not glamorous," described Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) from Lisbon, Md., on Sept. 29 while working to help animals and... Read More

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Vet on Hurricanes: The Ripples are Impressive

September 29, 2005

Sonny Corley, DVM, of Acadiana Equine Clinic in Lafayette, La., climbed a fence to leave another note Tuesday night on the door of the clinic belonging to Johnny Reina, DVM, in Lake Charles, La. He had visited the hurricane-damaged site three... Read More

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Responding to Calls after Rita

September 29, 2005

Days after Rita, equine rescue requests are still coming in to the Louisiana State University Horse Hurricane Hotline, although not with the urgency or number of calls that poured in after Hurricane Katrina hit several weeks ago.

"Today... Read More

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Disaster Response: Top 10 Ways to Make a Real Impact

September 28, 2005

In the last decade, there have been outstanding improvements in planning for animals in disasters nationwide. We can learn many early lessons from the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that affected the Gulf Coast to allow us as veterinarians... Read More

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Louis Pomes: Standing Strong in St. Bernard

September 28, 2005

"When the water started coming in, I know it was the one we'd been waiting for," recalled Louis Pomes quietly, leaning against his truck and surveying his battered lifelong hometown of St. Bernard Parish, La. He had been expecting a colossal... Read More

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Texas: Evacuations Minimized Rita's Impact

September 27, 2005

Early evacuations of the Texas Gulf Coast significantly reduced Hurricane Rita’s impact on the state’s livestock industry. According to the Texas Animal Health Commission, more than 10,000 head of livestock, mostly horses, were evacuated to... Read More

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Updated Supplies Needed List for Rita-Affected Horses and Other Animals

September 27, 2005

Veterinary and medical supplies are needed immediately in Southwest Louisiana for Hurricane Rita victims. Below is the current list; it will be updated as information becomes available. Please contact those listed if you are able to donate any o... Read More

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Recovering from Rita's Wrath

September 27, 2005

Initial assessments of storm-torn areas in southwestern Louisiana showed that many horse owners were able to get out of Hurricane Rita's way before it battered the coast as a Category 4 storm on Saturday, Sept. 24. Veterinarians said that while... Read More

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Idaho County Added to Kentucky VS Embargo

September 27, 2005

The first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) was confirmed Sept 26 in Bear Lake County, Idaho. That county, along with Alamosa County, Colo., and Platte County, Wyo., were added to the list of states from which the Kentucky Department of... Read More