Poisoning & Toxicity
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
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
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
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
March 09, 2010
Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More
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
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
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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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
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
November 19, 2009
Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pasturedÂ livestockÂ if adequate forage is available... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
August 02, 2009
In California, a San Diego County ranch owner says 23 show horses have been poisoned by someone who fed them highly toxic oleander leaves.
Debbie Tomin, owner of Rockridge Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., says three horses are seriously... Read More
August 01, 2009
Have you noticed or had owners comment on the change in a horse's personality after a rattlesnake bite? My mar... Read More
July 10, 2009
Recent reported crop losses in North Carolina and several other states are linked to certain broad leaf herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, and picloram, according to researchers. In North Carolina, people with gardens and organic... Read More
June 27, 2009
Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... Read More
June 13, 2009
The association of poison hemlock with the death of Socrates in ancient Greece in 399 B.C. provides a glimpse of the toxic history of this plant. Two decades ago an aggressive search was required before a specimen could be found in Arkansas, but no... Read More
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