Foal Care

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Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

July 03, 2007

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a... Read More

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Septicemia: Early Detection Is Important

June 22, 2007

A recently published study could help veterinarians predict the causative agents of a deadly bloodstream infection (septicemia) common in newborn foals by characterizing clinical signs associated with different types of bacteria.

"Infection... Read More

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Nutrition For Critically Ill Foals

June 05, 2007

A major challenge in veterinary hospitals is providing nutrients to critically ill foals that are weak or unable to nurse. In these situations, parenteral nutrition (PN) is provided via an IV catheter. In a recent study researchers found that... Read More

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R. equi Foal Pneumonia: Support for Research Sought

May 29, 2007

Infectious respiratory diseases constitute one of the major causes of death in the horse industry. In addition to the sorrow caused, they also are major economic threats. One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is... Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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Manna Pro: Milk Replacer Recall Not Linked to Melamine Contamination

May 07, 2007

The recall of a batch of milk replacer commonly used for foals is not related to the widespread pet food recalls, according to a report released by the company.

A batch of Unimilk milk replacer was withdrawn after customers reported that th... Read More

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Foal Deformities: New Treatments (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Angular and flexural limb deformities in foals are concerns, to be sure, but they're not necessarily kisses of death. At the recent Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Veterinary News and Awards

March 23, 2007

A recap of the veterinary news and awards from the 2006 AAEP convention in San Antonio, TX. ... Read More

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Repro Updates

March 23, 2007

Equine reproduction was covered at the 2006 AAEP Convention including foaling, venereal disease, breeding, etc... Read More

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Some foals sharing the same sire are all walking on their tiptoes and are very upright. Is this genetic?... Read More

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Rhodococcus equi

March 01, 2007

From the moment a newborn foal exits the warm fluid environment of its gestation and draws a first postpartum breath of air, it is exposed to millions of would-be invaders that would do it harm if not for the components of the foal's immune system,... Read More

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Diagnosis, Management, and Diagnostic Investigation of Abortion

February 01, 2007

Careful management of pregnant mares and preparation for parturition is essential to help prevent cases of equine abortion--losses of pregnancy between 150-300 days of gestation. "The incidence of abortion in mares ranges from 5-15%, and this ha... Read More

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Induction of Lactation in the Non-Pregnant Mare

February 01, 2007

Poor milk production or the loss of a mare in the peripartum period (occurring in the last month of gestation or the first few months after delivery) can jeopardize the health and viability of the foal. To provide the foal with an alternate... Read More

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Neonatal Nuances

February 01, 2007

The first days of a foal's life can be risky; there are a number of things that can go wrong. Some problems can be dealt with easily (such as constipation), while others are life-threatening (such as a ruptured bladder).

In this article, Bonni... Read More

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Orphans and Families

January 26, 2007

I wanted to share with you a horse behavior experience that I had after I lost my best broodmare. "Janet" died overnight on May 30, 2006, at age 22. She looked remarkably great for her age, so we were breeding her back to our stallion. She was... Read More

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Regional Horse Owner Programs Offered in Minnesota

January 14, 2007

The University of Minnesota is offering five regional horse owner education programs throughout Minnesota in 2007. Each program offers unbiased, researched-based information and knowledgeable speakers identified specifically for that region by a... Read More

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Solar Signs Aim to Help Curb Crashes with Amish Buggies

January 05, 2007

Though the Amish eschew modern technology, Kentucky transportation officials are hoping the western Kentucky Amish community will benefit from solar-powered signs.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have installed the new signs... Read More

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Dover Saddlery Opening Store in Chantilly, Va.

December 14, 2006

Dover Saddlery Retail, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dover Saddlery (Nasdaq: DOVR), announced yesterday (Dec. 13) that the grand opening of its new Chantilly Virginia store will take place February 2-4, 2007. Equestrians are invited to join... Read More

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Pneumonia's Fatal Grip

December 01, 2006

Pneumonia is, simply put, inflammation of the lungs. It can be mild or life-threatening (and quickly fatal) depending on its cause and the age of the foal. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many foals are susceptible to... Read More

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NAHMS Survey Reports Top Foal Health Concerns

November 25, 2006

Wounds and trauma were the most common foal health problems reported by participants in the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Equine 2005 study.

Over 9% of foals were reported to have sustained wounds or trauma. Digestive... Read More

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Proliferative Enteropathy in Horses

November 19, 2006

Lawsonia intracellularis, a well-known pathogen of swine and hamsters, is now frequently recognized within the equine species. It is an obligate, intracellular, curved, gram-negative bacterium that resides freely within the apical... Read More

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Walking Horse Trainers, Veterinarians React to Celebration Flap

October 04, 2006

According to Walking Horse trainers and veterinarians, the issues leading to the early closure of the National Celebration show were but another example of a lack of consistency in the interpretation of the Horse Protection Act (HPA).... Read More

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Foals are Interferon-Gamma Deficient at Birth

September 01, 2006

Newborn foals are deficient in a certain protein released by white blood cells that is essential for protection against the bacterium Rhodococcus equi and other pathogens, stated scientists at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine... Read More

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Orphans and Twins in Horses

July 24, 2006

People new to the breeding and raising of horses probably have never experienced the challenge of raising an orphan foal or feeding a foal whose mother is producing little or no milk. The solutions to both problems can be time consuming and... Read More