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AAEP 2002: Prevention and Control of Pneumonia Caused by Rhodococcus equi

February 21, 2003

Pneumonia caused by the bacteria Rhodococcus equi is an often-fatal disease that can be difficult to eradicate from affected farms. “The impact of this disease can be large because prevalence and case-fatality rates are often high;... Read More

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Horse Council to Focus on Education, Advocacy

February 20, 2003

The American Horse Council Convention and Congressional Conference for 2003 will focus on education and how it can lead to advocacy.

The convention, set for April 5-8 in Washington, D.C., will feature state horse council meetings, panel... Read More

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Equine Heart Murmurs (AAEP 2002)

February 19, 2003

Despite the high incidence of murmurs in racehorses, they are very hard to diagnose. Heart murmurs are usually low-frequency sounds at the lower limit of human hearing which are difficult for the human voice to reproduce accurately.... Read More

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (AAEP 2002)

February 19, 2003

Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, of Iowa State, reported on the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on suspensory ligament desmitis. He noted that ESWT is being used for the treatment of equine musculoskeletal diseases. ... Read More

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Ice, Snow, Cold Hit Horse Country Hard

February 19, 2003

From Kentucky up through New York, the recent winter storm’s ice and snow has caused major problems for horse owners and those in the horse business. In Kentucky, an inch or more of ice coated every surface starting Feb. 16, causing power lines... Read More

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Federal Funds to Support Animal Health and Disease Research

February 19, 2003

According to an Associated Press story on bloodhorse.com, The University of Kentucky (UK) will receive $11.36 million in funding in the current federal budget, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said... Read More

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Horses At Risk For Ulcers

February 18, 2003

Horses moving faster than a walk could be at greater risk of developing gastric ulcers. Alfred Merritt, DVM, MS, and Mireia Lorenzo-Figueras, DVM, recently discovered that changes in gastric tension during intense exercise can push acidic stomac... Read More

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Sallee On the Road, Barely

February 18, 2003

Robert Maxwell, owner of Sallee Van company in Lexington, said generators are keeping the phones, lights, and a little heat on in the office, but downed trees are keeping larger trucks in the parking lot.

"We can’t get the big trucks of... Read More

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Ice Storm Disrupts Veterinary Services in Kentucky

February 18, 2003

Despite the disaster of ice, snow, and cold weather, all three of the major veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky are up and running, although Hagyard-Davidson-McGee is on emergency power. Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine clinic at... Read More

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AAEP 2002: OIE Flu Surveillance

February 14, 2003

“Diseases like flu and herpesvirus are always going to be problems for horse owners, and they are not going away,” said Tom Chambers, PhD, of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. “The secret to effective vaccines for flu is... Read More

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"Fact Book" Details Effects of MRLS in Kentucky, Other Industry Numbers

February 14, 2003

The number of mares bred in Kentucky in 2002--the year after mare reproductive loss syndrome first hit--fell by 3.4% from 2001, but the state's broodmare population remains 33% higher than it was a decade earlier, according to figures released b... Read More

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Legislation Reintroduced to Ban Horse Slaughter

February 14, 2003

U.S. Representative John Sweeney (R-NY), chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus, and U.S.Representative John Spratt (D-SC) reintroduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act on Thursday. The bill would ban the trade in horsemeat and... Read More

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Gulfstream Park Suspends Privileges For Veterinarian Patrick

February 14, 2003

Leonard Patrick, the primary veterinarian used by owner Mike Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, had his privileges suspended by Gulfstream Park on Wednesday for improper storage of Class 3 and Class 4 narcotic medication.

The irregularities... Read More

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OSU Equine Hospital Temporarily Closes for Cleaning and Disinfection; Three Horses Showed Neurologic Signs

February 14, 2003

The Equine Hospital at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has closed its doors to non-emergency horse admissions until Feb. 20, 2003. This action has been taken to allow disinfection of the hospital because of potential... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Botulism in Foals: A Survivable Disease

February 13, 2003

Historically, botulism has usually been seen as a fatal problem for the young foal. However, Pamela Wilkins, DVM, PhD, of the Graham French Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, said that she ha... Read More

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Failure of Serologic Tests to Detect Rhodococcus equi Foal Pneumonia

February 13, 2003

In the past, some veterinarians have relied on commercially available serologic tests to establish, confirm, or rule out a diagnosis of foal pneumonia caused by the soil-borne bacteria Rhodococcus equi.... Read More

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis in Foals

February 13, 2003

We hear a lot about a horse experiencing rhabdomyolysis (tying-up) during or after exercise. However, foals are also susceptible to muscle damage. Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, presented "A Review of the Diagnosis... Read More

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Comfrey Enforcement Event to Begin March 3

February 13, 2003

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO) has recommended a nationwide enforcement event for comfrey in animal feeds to begin on March 3, 2003. At the AAFCO Annual Meeting in August 2002, AAFCO announced that comfrey,... Read More

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Ohio EHV-1 Outbreak; One More Neurologic Horse

February 12, 2003

One more horse has shown neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) in the outbreak which began Jan. 12 at the University of Findlay's English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio. Twelve horses have died during the outbreak, and at least... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Foreign Animal Diseases With Equine Potential

February 11, 2003

"When you hear hoofbeats on the covered bridge, please think about the zebra!" said Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, Dipl. American College of Veterinary Pathology, vice chair of the Cornell Committee for Animal Diseases. Her point was that when... Read More

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Anthrax Kills 42 Horses in Nicaragua

February 11, 2003

According to a Feb. 10 proMED report, a virulent anthrax outbreak has caused the deaths of 42 horses from rural communities in the municipalities of Pueblo Nuevo and Condega in Nicaragua. The report was made from a translation of a story in the... Read More

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Results of Farm Survey To Determine Autumn Fetal Loss Risk Factors

February 11, 2003

Results of a survey of central Kentucky horse farms has provided information on possible risk factors associated with increased fetal losses during early and late autumn 2002. The survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky Department of... Read More

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Equine Abortions In Central Kentucky Still Ahead Of Last Year's Pace

February 11, 2003

The number of equine abortions in Central Kentucky remains ahead of last year's pace based on the most recent report issued by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Thirty-eight aborted... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Foreign Animal Disease Investigations

February 10, 2003

Veterinarians are the first line of defense against infectious and contagious animal diseases, noted Brian J. McCluskey, DVM, MS, of the USDA:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health in Fort... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 10, 2003

“What is interesting to understand about the horse is that at rest, it breathes about 86,000 liters of air a day, about 25,000 gallons, which may carry quite a bit of dust particles that can really injure the respiratory tract,” said Laurent... Read More