Poisoning & Toxicity

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Mediterranean Tall Fescue/Endophyte Combination Might Be Fatal to Horses

June 30, 2010

A new, potentially fatal syndrome in horses called equine fescue edema has been reported by Australian scientists in the Australian Veterinary Journal. The researchers noted that all affected horses in the study were grazing pastures sown with...... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

June 22, 2010

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

May 28, 2010

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou... Read More

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Botulism Poisoning Claims Tennessee Horses

May 19, 2010

Seven horses belonging to a Spring Hill, Tenn., riding academy are recovering after ingesting hay contaminated with botulism. Four other animals were euthanized at the scene as a result of botulism poisoning. The surviving horses were transport... Read More

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Atypical Myopathy Outbreak Survival Rate Running at 5%

May 09, 2010

Survival rates are low in the current European atypical myopathy outbreak, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

To date, at least 49 horses have died from the disease, as opposed to only four confirmed survivals in... Read More

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Atypical Myopathy Cases Discovered in Europe

April 28, 2010

An ongoing spring outbreak of atypical myopathy has caused a reported 47 cases in Europe to date, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

Reports of new cases continue to stream into the data being collected by the At... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Anticoagulant Rodenticides

April 18, 2010

Many horse owners do not realize that baits used to kill mice, rats, and small rodents are also poisonous to horses and other mammals. Several types of rodenticide baits are available, but the most commonly used products are the anticoagulant ... Read More

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High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

April 01, 2010

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were...... Read More

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Equine Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology

March 26, 2010

The equine pharmacology, therapeutics, and toxicology program at the Gluck Equine Research Center focuses on interactions among performance-enhancing drugs and therapeutic medications in performance horses. Early work focused on the detection o... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

March 09, 2010

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More

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Avoid Moldy Corn in Horse Feed

March 01, 2010

Farmers across the Midwest struggled last year to harvest their crops in what turned out to be an unseasonably wet autumn. These conditions led to reports of widespread mold in this year's corn crop. Moldy corn is a hazard for all species o... Read More

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Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More

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Freeze Stops European Atypical Myopathy Reports

January 21, 2010

The largest outbreak of equine atypical myopathy in Europe has ended with freezing winter temperatures, with a record number of 371 reported cases, according to a group of researchers in Belgium.

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Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More

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Equine Grass Sickness Reviewed

January 07, 2010

A fatal gastrointestinal disease once limited to Scotland is being seen more frequently in certain parts of the world due to geographical progression, said British researchers. Frequently occurring throughout Great Britain, equine gr... Read More

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Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

November 19, 2009

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available... Read More

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Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

November 04, 2009

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United... Read More

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Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. What do you recommend to help heal it?... Read More

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Reward Offered for Information on Oregon Horse Poisoning

October 07, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing four horses in Lake County, Ore.

Between Sept... Read More

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Nitrate Poisoning in Horses

October 06, 2009

Fortunately, nitrate/nitrite poisoning is not a common problem in horses. However, due to serious and potentially fatal consequences of nitrate/nitrite poisoning, horse owners should be aware of the condition and understand the risk factors.... Read More

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Toxic Ragwort Warning Issued by UK Group

August 25, 2009

Land and horse owners are reminded to be on their guard against deadly ragwort following the inclement weather of July and August, World Horse Welfare noted in a statement Aug. 13.

"Ragwort poses a huge risk to horse health and in... Read More

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Toxic Mushroom Risk for Horses in Kentucky Pastures Due to Wet Weather

August 08, 2009

At the beginning of August, the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) received several calls regarding the presence of mushrooms in pastures around eastern Kentucky. Callers were concerned about whether it presented... Read More

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Horse Dies in Decomposing Seaweed; Toxic Gas Blamed

August 06, 2009

A horse died and its owner fell unconscious within seconds of falling into decomposing green seaweed along the northern coast of Brittany, France, last week, according to several sources.

Vincent Petit, DVM, PhD, said he was hand-leading... Read More

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Poisoned Saddlebred Horses on the Mend

August 05, 2009

An American Saddlebred show horse in critical condition after ingesting unknown quantities of oleander leaves is recovering and will be released from the hospital later this week, according to the veterinarian supervising its... Read More

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Poisoned Horses Update; One Still Critical

August 02, 2009

Debbie Tomin, co-owner with her husband, Bill, of Rockridge Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., told TheHorse.com late Sunday morning that "23 horses were fed the poisonous concoction (of apples, carrots, and oleander leaves).

"All the one... Read More