Immune System


Immunity Through Nutrition

January 01, 2005

If your performance horse does well on a balanced diet, can he do better with some extra, immune-boosting nutrients? What about young horses and aging horses, ill horses and healthy horses, working horses and lightly ridden horses?

For sure... Read More


Linking Chronic Laminitis to Immunologic Hyperreactivity

February 01, 2004

The pathogenesis of chronic laminitis remains unclear. There is growing evidence, however, of a link between this condition and the development of certain systemic diseases, such as kidney disease, that involve small blood vessel damage. There... Read More


Hyperimmune Plasma for WNV Horses

September 10, 2003

Veterinarians have been using an antibody product to treat West Nile virus (WNV) clinical signs, but its use for this purpose is currently off-label (not approved by the USDA). Currently, the hyperimmune plasma product HiGamm-Equi, by Lake... Read More


West Nile Virus Treatment Licensed

September 05, 2003

Novartis Animal Vaccines announced Aug. 19 the conditional licensing and availability of the only antibody product approved by the USDA to help control disease caused by West Nile virus (WNV) in equids. This product helps an exposed animal by... Read More


Antimicrobial Resistance

March 01, 2003

Antimicrobial drugs in veterinary medicine have made a dramatic improvement in the health of our horses, but it's alarming when infections do not respond to these drugs. "It is not a new phenomenon, but there has been ever-growing concern about antim... Read More


The Equine Immune System

March 01, 2002

Vaccines are designed based on the specific nature of an antibody response to an antigen. In other words, the antibody will work only against the antigen that stimulated its production. A "booster" creates more antibodies, a quicker response, an... Read More


LSU Equine Veterinary Research: Young and Growing

October 16, 2001

The Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in Louisiana were influential in funding and building the veterinary school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but the school serves all the state's horses and their owners. Although one... Read More


Colostrum: Nothing Better Than Mother's Milk

October 16, 2001

There might be ongoing debate as to the value of a woman's colostrum versus commercial colostrum products, but for a foal, nothing is better than a mare's milk. Colostrum is specialized milk secreted during the first 24 hours following birth and... Read More


Spleen Problems

September 17, 2001

I heard that a horse's spleen is unique, but my friend said horses don't have a spleen. What's the truth? ... Read More


Neonatal Isoerythrolysis--The Silent Stalker

February 01, 2001

Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a silent stalker of foals. At birth, the foal is normal. In some cases, the foal shows subtle signs as an internal enemy attacks and the disease progresses to a point of no return; in others, it takes only hours for... Read More