April 01, 2010
It's spring: the time of year when we are in the throes of boostering horse immunizations, with the intent to maximize immunity before mosquito season and competition campaigns get into full swing. Many equine vaccines are credited with inferring... Read More
January 20, 2010
Newborn foals can be susceptible to many viral and bacterial infections. One example is the unique susceptibility of young foals to Rhodococcus equi, a common cause of bronchopneumonia.
Foals' increased susceptibility appe... Read More
December 11, 2009
Lymphoid cells are found to be weaker in older horses, thus, causing weaker immune systems as they age.... Read More
October 20, 2009
One of the most often used and least understood immunological terms is antibody titer. But what does titer mean, and how can this information be used in assessing the immune status of a horse?
A titer is defined as the... Read More
August 27, 2009
Common variable immunodeficiency is a rare, but serious disease in adult horses that often leads to hospitalization, said Maria Julia Bevilaqua Felippe Flaminio, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, who presented research on the topic at the American... Read More
August 20, 2009
Diarrhea acquired while staying in a hospital, termed nosocomial diarrhea, is an unfortunate risk when hospitalizing a horse, but there are steps owners and veterinarians can take to help prevent disease.
There are many reasons wh... Read More
July 16, 2009
Is it possible genes that become shorter as horses age could be the key to how well that animal's immune system works?
The availability of horses 20 years old and older on the University of Kentucky's Maine Chance Farm and on farms in the... Read More
May 10, 2009
What are the most important neurologic problems veterinarians face throughout the year? That's the question Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University and professor of equine... Read More
May 01, 2009
The process of building immunity against disease-causing pathogens for a horse begins with a... Read More
October 24, 2008
Paul Lunn discusses immunity's role in the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1.... Read More
August 09, 2008
To guess a horse's age you can look at his teeth ... or the length of his telomeres and his immune system function, according to researchers with the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.
Scientists studying the... Read More
July 07, 2008
The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) has two new leaders at the helm, though the names may be familiar to most people associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS,... Read More
April 04, 2008
Vaccines have changed the way we manage our horses, and how long they can live.... Read More
November 01, 2007
You might have heard your veterinarian say, "Let's run a titer on him," when referring to your horse and whether he's protected against disease, or to figure out what might be causing particular clinical signs. What exactly does "titer" mean?... Read More
July 03, 2007
While moderate exercise has been shown to enhance the immune system, a recent study analyzing gene expression in the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell that plays a central role in the immune system) of endurance horses has demonstrated tha... Read More
March 01, 2007
The horse's immune system is a window to its world. The biochemical analysis of blood components can give the veterinarian valuable information about disease exposure and immune responses. When a horse is exposed to an antigen (a disease-causing... Read More
August 01, 2005
The horse industry in the United States contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact and generates about $102 billion in total spending, according to a detailed economic impact study released June 28.
"The Economic Impact of the Horse... Read More
June 28, 2005
Morris Animal Foundation, the world's largest private funding source for companion animal and wildlife health studies, gathered some of the nation's top authorities in equine research to pinpoint equine health priorities and address the... Read More
February 14, 2005
The mechanism of action of non-specific immunostimulation is induction of macrophages to produce proinflammatory cytokines that drive a T-1-based (helper cells) immune system response. Immunostimulation therapy may not be effective in patients with ... Read More
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
January 01, 2005
The immune systems of humans and horses are what keep us alive. Without a properly functioning immune system, disease would run rampant, with serious illness and death being the ultimate outcome. Unfortunately, it is not a simple system that... Read More
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
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
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
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