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Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the second in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More

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What Price Life?

February 01, 2005

A few dollars vs. thousands of dollars, or total loss? Do you sometimes wonder if horse owners should be made to act more like car owners? For cars, it's mandated that you must have insurance to protect you, and the people around you. Bad... Read More

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Bill Rider Makes Wild Horses Eligible for Slaughter

February 01, 2005

Some wild horses and burros rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are now eligible to be sold at public auctions to the highest bidder, including slaughter buyers.

The appropriations bill for 2005 (H.R. 4818) was made public law... Read More

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WNV Vaccine: Safe for Broodmares

February 01, 2005

Researchers at Texas A&M University (TAMU) have just completed a retrospective study into the safety of administering the killed West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine to pregnant broodmares, the first study on this topic in equine reproductive... Read More

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Additional Treatment Receives Conditional License

February 01, 2005

In the treatment of horses suffering from West Nile virus (WNV), vets have only a few choices besides supportive care. A novel WNV serum antibody product received conditional approval from the USDA in November 2004. Colorado Serum Company (CSC)... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

February 01, 2005

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

February 01, 2005

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky mares could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his master's thesis at... Read More

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FEI Appoints Task Force on Doping and Medications

February 01, 2005

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau established a six-person task force to reassess policies necessary to eliminate abusive and... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test 300 Shows

February 01, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was to begin testing for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows in January as a result of a recommendation made by the drug and medications task force.

The task... Read More

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Equine Ulcers--More Than Just a Stomach Ache

February 01, 2005

The creation of the long fiberoptic flexible endoscope opened a new world to equine veterinarians and researchers who for the first time were able to view a living horse's stomach. What they found was that horses get gastric ulcers frequently... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

February 01, 2005

A study recently published in the Japan Racing Journal found that as turf courses become wetter and softer, fracture risk is reduced. In contrast, muddy conditions on dirt courses lead to a greater risk of horses sustaining a fracture.... Read More

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Transport and the Immune System

February 01, 2005

In a study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal investigating the effects of long-term transport on horses, Carolyn Stull, DVM, showed measurable changes in immunological status. She also found the immune systems of transported... Read More

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One Dose of WNV Recombinant Vaccine Could Help Control Outbreaks

January 31, 2005

A recent study at Colorado State University (CSU) found that your horse might have the ability to fight off West Nile virus (WNV) less than a month after receiving a single-dose vaccination against the disease. The challenge study tested Merial'... Read More

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New State Veterinarian and Bureau Chief of Animal Health for Illinois

January 28, 2005

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has promoted a longtime staff veterinarian to fill key positions responsible for protecting the health of the state's livestock.

Mark Ernst, DVM, of Washington, Ill., has been named state... Read More

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Tegaserod Enhances Gut Motility in Horses

January 28, 2005

A recent study conducted at the University of Berne Equine Clinic in Switzerland demonstrated that the prokinetic (promoting movement) drug tegaserod stimulated gut motility and accelerated gastrointestinal transit in healthy horses. The study... Read More

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The Essential First Aid Kit

January 26, 2005

The preparation of a horse first aid kit for your stable is easy to make and--in an emergency--can be of great importance. Once you have assembled such a kit, make sure everyone knows this golden rule: its contents are for emergency use only.... Read More

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Third Case of Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed at Northville Downs

January 26, 2005

Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Dan Wyant announced the confirmation of a third case of equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1) at Northville Downs in Northville, Mich., on Jan. 20. One barn at Northville Downs has been placed under... Read More

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Kester News Hour Part Two

January 26, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More

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Stretching Semen in the Aged Stallion (AAEP 2004)

January 26, 2005

As breeding stallions age, their reproductive abilities can wane, leaving their breeding managers with a problem--too many mares to breed, and not enough sperm. J. Scott Weems, DVM, of Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey, Texas, has... Read More

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Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, "Milkshakes"

January 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a racehorse before i... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Launches SmartPink line to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

January 26, 2005

SmartPak Equine has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to offer Kensington's line of durable and functional horse products in a striking pink plaid design, dubbed SmartPink, available exclusively through SmartPak.... Read More

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Bill Introduced to Restore Prohibition of Wild Horses to Slaughter

January 26, 2005

Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia introduced a bill (H.R. 297) to the House of Representatives on Jan. 25 that would restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros.

In a speech to the 109th... Read More

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Second Domestic Animal in Illinois Dies of Rabies

January 26, 2005

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's animal disease lab in Galesburg has confirmed that a cow owned by an eastern Bureau County resident tested positive for rabies on Jan. 13, the second domestic animal to be euthanized due to this disease i... Read More

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Kentucky Lifts Last of Vesicular Stomatitis Bans

January 25, 2005

Kentucky state veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted an embargo last week on the importation of livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals into Kentucky from Colorado. This embargo had been enacted because of vesicular stomatitis (VS), and it... Read More

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LSU Theriogenology Program Aids in Reproduction for Large and Small Animals

January 24, 2005

The theriogenology program at Louisiana State University's (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine manages reproduction in its clinical practice and reproductive research regarding horses, dogs, and other animals. According to Dr. Dale... Read More