Poisoning & Toxicity

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FDA Orders Recall of Mercury-Containing Drug

June 03, 2002

The government has ordered a nationwide recall of a horse drug sold over the Internet called Miracle Leg Paint, because it contains mercury that is poisonous both to horses and to people, according to an Associated Press report. 

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Mycotoxin Binders Not Labeled Legally

April 12, 2002

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the claims made by some feed products that they contain mycotoxin binders is illegal. In Kentucky last year, many feeds and supplements were touted as having mycotoxin binders in the face of mare... Read More

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. Every summer these trees produce large bean pods, which evidently taste like candy to horses. According to my vet, they also slow down gut motility--hence the colic. ... Read More

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Which Trees are Toxic?

April 01, 2002

It's hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early... Read More

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Non-Toxic Linseed

November 01, 2001

Horse owners wanting to take advantage of flaxseed's omega-3 content can rest easy. Flaxseed, or linseed, has a reputation as a toxic substance to horses when fed uncooked--earned because the seeds contain a small amount of cyanogenetic... Read More

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When Your Horse Thinks He's a Termite...

November 01, 2001

Q: Is chewing pressure-treated wood (the green-tinged wood) dangerous for horses?

Catherine

Q: Our horses have started eating our fences and tree bark quite frequently this year.... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Amazing Minerals

October 04, 2001

Of all the ingredients of a horse's diet, minerals are unique. They contain no carbon, which makes them inorganic molecules. In fact, essentially, they’re rocks--and it can be difficult to imagine their being digested by a horse. But minerals are a... Read More

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Soil and Water Testing

October 02, 2001

As you push your shopping cart down the aisle at the supermarket, it's likely become routine for you to do a quick scan of the nutritional analysis printed on the side of every cereal box and container of yogurt you select. Instantly, you know how... Read More

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What's in Your Feed? (Contamination)

September 01, 2001

"Yuck!" you hear your friend exclaim from the feed room as you move down the barn aisle one evening, doling out flakes of hay.

"What is it?" you call over your shoulder.

"There are huge lumps of molasses in this bag of feed!" she... Read More

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Syndrome Survey Nearly Completed; Hemlock Poisoning Not Ruled Out

June 03, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky looking into the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome are in the process of completing a comprehensive survey involving more than 150 farms. The... Read More

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Latest Twist in Foal Loss Syndrome: Mycotoxins Out, Cyanide In

May 25, 2001

No longer does the mysterious Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome appear to be the result of incredibly high mycotoxin levels in pasture grasses; now the most likely cause appears to be cyanide brought onto pastures from wild black cherry trees, carrie... Read More

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May 23 Update: Additional Evidence Ruling Out Mycotoxins

May 25, 2001

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on May 23 posted the following information on its web site at http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/mrls/briefings.htm... Read More

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Mother Nature's Toxic Spill: An Analysis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

A good mystery has many clues, some more obvious than others, and some more misleading. Researchers are scientific detectives, trying to piece together observations and facts that lead to a conclusion. But, while some cases are concluded with all... Read More

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Southern States' Triple Crown Feeds Contain Mycotoxin Binders

May 24, 2001

Southern States has included the patented mycotoxin binder MTB100 in its line of Triple Crown horse feeds since February of 2000, according to Bill Vandergrift, PhD, owner of Equivision nutrition company and a consulting nutritionist... Read More

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Where to Find the Mycotoxin Binder

May 24, 2001

Lexington, Ky., feed companies are busy filling orders for bags and buckets of mycotoxin binder from horse owners in 15 states throughout the East Coast.

Feeding the binder, which is an additive derived from yeast, has been recommended by... Read More

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Forage Testing Points to Molds and Mycotoxins

May 18, 2001

There is increasing evidence indicating that molds and mycotoxins are involved in the syndromes in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia this spring. There have been some positive screens for the mycotoxin zearalenone in pasture and... Read More

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Explanation: Ergotism or Ergot Poisoning

May 16, 2001

At the industry-wide meeting on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Steve Jackson, an equine nutrition consultant and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, and Dr. Jimmy Henning, an extension forage specialist at the University of Kentucky's College of... Read More

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Poisonous Plants

May 01, 2001

At a training barn in Washington, two prized half-Arabian horses munched on wood chip bedding that had been delivered to the facility. Moments later, both were dead. Among the chips lay a branch of yew, a type of evergreen that can be fatal to... Read More

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How Much Bute Is Too Much?

July 01, 2000

My veterinarian recently prescribed "Bute" when my gelding came up sore after an endurance ride. He advised a specific dosage, but I wonder if I could be helping my horse more by increasing the amount of Bute or giving it to him more often.... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis And Treatment

July 01, 2000

When tall fescue first arrived in the United States during the 1940s, it was considered a wonder grass. It was easy to establish, it yielded a good amount of forage, it was tolerant of a wide range of management regimens, and it could handle a... Read More

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Feeding Horses Cattle Feed: Just Ruminating

September 01, 1999

On the surface, cattle feeds might look like an appropriate choice for your horses, but nutritionally, there are a number of important differences. They have major digestive and metabolic differences that make their dietary needs quite diverse.... Read More

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Clemson University Discovery Could Be Used For Fescue Toxicosis

July 30, 1999

A medication used to treat nausea is now helping horse breeders produce healthier mares and foals and may someday help address problems of infertility in humans. Dee L. Cross, a Clemson University animal scientist,... Read More

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New Hay And Fescue Education Brochures Available To Horse Owners

July 09, 1999

Ensuring your horse is consuming essential nutrients -- and staying away from grasses that look nutritious but can pose a health risk -- are the topics of two new client-education brochures published by the American Association of Equine... Read More