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Lower Airway Disease

October 01, 2001

Coughing, one of the most common signs of respiratory disease, can occur in response to irritation from viruses, bacteria, or inhaled environmental dusts and allergens. However, most veterinarians and researchers will agree that irritation from... Read More

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Mosquito Wars

October 01, 2001

West Nile virus (WNV) is spreading, and horse owners are asking, "What can I do to protect my horses?" The good news is that a vaccine for horses has been developed and conditionally approved by the USDA. Experts say the WNV vaccine should work... Read More

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Genetically Altered Feeds: Modified Munchies

October 01, 2001

Since their introduction on a commercial level in 1995, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have become widely incorporated in livestock feeds. It's estimated that some 80% of the genetically modified corn produced in the United States is used... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Cutting Horses

October 01, 2001

One on one, horse meets heifer. The cutting horse matches wits with a cow, and a champion maintains 100 percent control of the wily critter.

Like reining, cutting is a sport that developed on the ranch. Cowhands valued the cutting horse as ... Read More

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2000 Equine West Nile Virus Study Online

October 01, 2001

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently released the final full report for the year 2000 West Nile virus study in horses on the Internet.... Read More

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Arkansas and Michigan Change EIA Test Requirements

October 01, 2001

Changes to equine infectious anemia (EIA) testing requirements were made recently in Arkansas and Michigan. Arkansas passed Act 540, which defines and sets standards for an EIA research facility and will require an EIA verifier to be present to... Read More

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Is No News, Good News? Foal Loss Research Ongoing

October 01, 2001

While there haven't been any headlines about the various syndromes that affected a large section of the eastern and mid-western United States this spring, that doesn't mean that researchers and... Read More

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More on Panic Attacks

October 01, 2001

Readers Respond

August's Behavior column (article #914) sparked heated debate about euthanasia for horses with incurable panic attacks. This month we feature two readers' responses and the author's comments.

It was a... Read More

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Dietary Needs: Striking a Balance

October 01, 2001

You can't watch TV for more than half an hour these days without viewing at least one ad preaching the virtues of a balanced diet. Public service announcements emphasize the value of getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables. Cereal... Read More

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Decisions, Decisions

October 01, 2001

Information is a peculiar thing. It seems that no matter how much we have, we want more. While some people would have you believe that is wrong (the "ignorance is bliss" crowd), others firmly believe that what you don't know can hurt you...or... Read More

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Disposal of Euthanized Animals

October 01, 2001

Q: Are there risks to other animals that may eat the carcass of a euthanized horse or other large animal?... Read More

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Wry Nose in Horses?

October 01, 2001

I would like information on wry nose (laterally deviated rostral maxilla). I had a foal born with it and never heard of it before then. I would like to know what causes it and any other information about this condition. Also, how common is it... Read More

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Tying Up is Split Up

October 01, 2001

Muscle disease in performance horses commonly is referred to as tying-up, exertional rhabdomyolysis, azoturia, or Monday morning disease. Horses experiencing tying-up show a stiff gait; reluctance to move; firm, painful muscle cramps; profuse... Read More

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Nail-Quicked

October 01, 2001

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the "quick," or the sensitive laminae... Read More

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Planning Health Expenses

October 01, 2001

The number and variety of sophisticated services equine veterinarians can provide for horses have grown greatly through the years. How much of these services you choose for your horses usually depends on how much money you want to spend, and wha... Read More

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Bapten Taken Off Market

October 01, 2001

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept it from becoming popular, according to Keri... Read More

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Species of Mosquitoes Associated with West Nile Virus in the USA, 2001

September 28, 2001

The following are the species of mosquitoes from which West Nile virus was isolated and/or from which West Nile virus RNA was detected during 2001 (as of Sept. 25).

  1. Aedes albopictus
  2. Aedes cinereus... Read More

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New Pulmonary Test Improves Health and Performance of Horses

September 28, 2001

The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently began offering a new non-invasive test to detect pulmonary problems in horses.

NC State is one of only two sites in the United States able to perform this test.... Read More

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Intranasal Equine Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Canada

September 28, 2001

Heska Corporation announced Sept. 24 that it has received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell Flu Avert(TM) I.N., an influenza vaccine, in Canada. Heska has granted Novartis Animal Health Canada, Inc. exclusive distribution... Read More

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PMU Foals Arrive at Ryerss Farm for Adoption

September 28, 2001

On Sept. 6, the usually serene and peaceful atmosphere of Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, in Pottstown, Pa., was transformed into a spirited playground upon the arrival of 50 new foals. Even after their long journey from a ranch in North Dakota,... Read More

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Breeding With Chilled and Frozen Semen

September 26, 2001

Artificial Insemination (AI) involves the introduction of sperm into the reproductive tract of the mare without natural mating. AI in the horse was first practiced long ago. Ancient Arabian texts describe how mares were successfully inseminated.... Read More

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Suspected Equine West Nile Virus Case In Mississippi

September 21, 2001

Mississippi public health & animal health officials announced the first identification of West Nile Virus in Mississippi on Sept. 19.

A horse from western Lee County has been found infected with West Nile virus... Read More

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Equine Cases of West Nile Virus, Jan. 1-Sept. 19, 2001

September 21, 2001

There have been 110 cases of clinical West Nile virus (WNV) infection detected in horses from 11 States. The States that most recently reported their first equine case(s) in 2001 are: Alabama (Dale County, 2), Massachusetts (Plymouth... Read More

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Disaster Relief Fund Soars to $5.7 Million

September 21, 2001

In an unprecedented show of compassion from the Thoroughbred community, contributions to the disaster relief fund organized by Keeneland have soared to $5.7 million, Keeneland President Nick Nicholson revealed today in an interim... Read More

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West Nile Virus in Alabama Horses

September 21, 2001

Two horses in Dale County, Alabama have been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. A positive horse has also been confirmed in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. These are the first equine cases of clinical WNV... Read More