Poisoning & Toxicity
December 25, 2007
The great Australian Thoroughbred racehorse Phar Lap came to the United States to challenge all comers. He died of mysterious causes on April 5, 1932. Last year a group of scientists tested a section of Phar Lap's hide that was preserved and on... Read More
December 03, 2007
A horse and three ponies have died, and several other equids have been temporarily paralyzed, following the ingestion of contaminated feed in French Guiana (a department of France located on the northern edge of South America), according to the... Read More
October 16, 2007
Two children and their grandparents were killed by carbon monoxide fumes while sleeping inside the living quarters of a horse trailer the night of Oct. 11 (for more on this see
September 23, 2007
As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More
September 08, 2007
High levels of fungal species and mycotoxins (the toxins produced by some fungi) have been identified in equine feeds. This contamination can result in nutrient losses from the food, and it can negatively impact the health and productivity of... Read More
September 06, 2007
The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More
August 24, 2007
The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More
July 08, 2007
July 02, 2007
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has alerted horse owners to a problem with some alfalfa hay from Michigan and the upper Midwest. The hay is believed to contain hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), a weed that is toxic to... Read More
June 09, 2007
Present and persistent since the Paleozoic era (250 to 540 million years ago), the plants of the genus Equisetum, commonly known as horsetail, are considered to be living fossils. These widespread, perennial, fern-like plants... Read More
June 01, 2007
Two people police say were hoping to avoid drinking and driving chose instead to head home on horseback, and ended up under arrest anyway.
Culpeper, Va., police officers Lonnie Myers and Tim Chilton heard a disturbance last Thursday aroun... Read More
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
April 12, 2007
Alfalfa hay is an excellent, high quality forage for horses, but it has the potential to attract blister beetles--toxic insects that can kill horses if ingested.
Blister beetles cause inflammation and blistering of the skin within hours... Read More
March 23, 2007
The BHS is launching the first part of their 2007 Ragwort Awareness Campaign, urging all concerned parties to get pulling to prevent the spread of Ragwort.
They will once again be holding two Ragwort Awareness Weeks; April 2-8 and... Read More
March 16, 2007
According to Maine State Veterinarian Don Hoenig, VMD, an antibacterial additive used in cattle feed has been identified as the cause of death for seven Searsport horses, the
December 02, 2006
In Minnesota, cases of pasture myopathy (muslce disease caused by pasture) associated with severe non-exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (also know as tying-up) are often attributed to the toxins found in white snakeroot. However, researchers at th... Read More
December 01, 2006
The Fourth World Mycotoxin Forum was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 6-8. Scientists, regulatory authorities, and industry personnel from over 30 countries met to review the current knowledge related to mycotoxins and discuss strategies for the... Read More
November 29, 2006
The University of Wisconsin-Madison hopes to land a new high-security federal lab where scientists would help lead the nation's research on deadly animal diseases.
The lab would be operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S.... Read More
November 29, 2006
Each year, a number of horses die from eating corn or corn byproducts containing fumonisins. Fumonisins are a group of toxins produced by an endophytic mold found within the corn kernel. Typically, fumonisins are produced while the corn plant is... Read More
November 27, 2006
The FDA has become aware of the deaths of several horses in the State of Louisiana associated with the use of a product labeled as "Clenbuterol HCL." Horse owners and veterinarians should be aware that there are no generic clenbuterol-containing... Read More
November 26, 2006
Singer/actress Madonna received a purebred Welsh gelding for her 47th birthday from her husband, Guy Ritchie, according to an icwales.co.uk article by Steve Dube of the Western Mail on Nov. 25. The gray gelding, Ystrad Dewi Briton (barn name... Read More
November 22, 2006
Veterinarians at Louisiana State University have confirmed that two horses being treated at their veterinary teaching hospital died after ingesting concentrated clenbuterol. Tests on the drug have revealed that the solution contains 70 times the... Read More
October 23, 2006
Arsenic killed Australasia's greatest racehorse Phar Lap near San Francisco 74 years ago, a new scientific study alleges. The story in the Rupert-Murdoch-owned (Melbourne) Sun-Herald suggests that the finding 'reveals' that Phar Lap was... Read More
September 21, 2006
The owner of Carousel Acres, the College Station, Texas, boarding facility where 27 horses died the week of July 16, says he now believes the horses were poisoned intentionally, according to The Eagle Land and Livestock Post.
The... Read More
September 01, 2006
Mycotoxins can form in plants within hours and they can reach maximum concentration within one to two weeks. ... Read More
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