Officials have confirmed the number of Potomac Horse fever (PHF) cases in northern New York has been higher than usual in recent weeks, encouraging owners to vaccinate but noting that a rise in cases is relatively common this time of year. An article printed in the Aug. 14 edition of the Watertown Daily Times reported there is an "outbreak"...
Being familiar with your horse's normal resting temperature, pulse, and respiration rates (TPR) help you recognize when things are abnormal. The TPR vitals help you determine "how abnormal." Remember, vitals taken after the horse has been worked will be elevated and a 20-30 minute recovery time is recommended for a return to normal values an...
Members of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Rokeby Circle, a select group of donors who contribute $10,000 or more per year, were briefed by researcher Dr. Lisa Fortier in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The first case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an equine in Kentucky this year was reported on Aug. 20. The diagnostic testing was conducted by the University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, formerly the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center.
Vaccinating at the proper time of the year against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is critical to protecting horses from the sometimes-fatal mosquito-borne disease, according to Judy Marteniuk, DVM, MS, associate professor in Equine Medicine and Extension at Michigan State University. As of Aug. 19, 18 cases have been confirmed, with seven pending lab r...
Common name: Tall ironweed Scientific name: Vernonia gigantea (Walt.) Trel.
North Carolina horse owners are being urged to guard against equine piroplasmosis after 11 horses were confirmed with the infectious disease. The horses were found in four counties: Robeson, Sampson, Harnett, and Wake, and farms are now under quarantine. There currently are no movement restrictions on horses within North Carolina or between other states.
With the economy the way it is, many neonatal foals are being managed on the farm rather than being sent to a clinic, according to Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Atlanta.
A novel twist to an existing surgical procedure is creating new opportunities for healing a long-recognized form of lameness, according to Italian researchers.
Summertime temperatures are running wild across the United States this week, with Oklahoma hitting approximately 105°F, which is leading a number of equine owners to study their horse's heat tolerance with more than a little caution.
A person who practices defensive horsemanship is less likely to be hurt while handling a horse, Robert M. Miller, DVM, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., said at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association meeting July 31-Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Ga.
A foal's immune system is known to be weak and immature, but new cell-based research suggests that "immunodeficiency" might be too broad a term to define the disease-fighting capacity of the youngest horses.
A recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), a highly infectious viral disease of horses, has been confirmed on a breeding farm in northern Tasmania. One mare died and several others aborted their foals.
Compared to other species, cloning horses is still in its infancy. Cloning is becoming increasingly popular, yet the health of these artificially-produced foals has not been assessed in detail.
The Michigan departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture (MDA) received confirmation on July 26 from the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) that a three month old Percheron filly from Calhoun County and a 12 month old Arabian male from Barry County tested positive for the mosquito-borne di...
You are at a concert when suddenly the orchestra stops playing their instruments with the exception of the kettledrums. The kettle drummer hits two beats with a pause. This is repeated over and over as you realize the drumbeats are the heart and rhythm for the orchestra. In your head you can mimic your own heartbeat with valvular doors that slam with...
Giving procaine penicillin before and after castration reduces the levels of inflammatory markers on a horse's blood test, which suggest that this approach might reduce bacteria in the surgical wounds, according to a Danish study.
How much do veterinarians use sedatives, analgesics (painkillers), and general anesthetics in horses? Veterinarians at The Ohio State University surveyed members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to find out, and the findings were presented at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 6-9 in Las V...
Racehorses and other performance horses occasionally succumb to cardiac death during or after exertion, and in most cases equine researchers are at a loss as to why.
Foals have a better chance of surviving dystocia if the mare is taken to an equine hospital as soon as the prolonged delivery is recognized, said Katherine Cole MacGillivray, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., at the ACVIM Forum 2010 veterinary meeting held in Anaheim, Calif.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) this week reported a 7-month old horse from Middleborough was diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Infection was confirmed by the William Hinton State Laboratory Institute on July 23. The colt developed clinical signs on July 20, his condition deteriorated very rapidly, and he was euthanized...
General considerations for good stallion management are maintenance of the stallion in excellent health and a stress-free environment that promotes normal sexual behavior and sperm production. The size and construction of housing for the stallion is generally a matter of personal preference. However, stallions should not be maintained in complete isolatio...
Unlike heart and respiratory rates, abdominal sounds do not punch a specific time clock for generating "gut sounds." The rhythmic peristaltic churning of food mixed with fluids within the gut varies in slower waves depending on meal time, the meal itself, and the level of activity. You don't actually "time" bowel sounds, but you do...
The cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) that Lexington, Ky., experienced in 2001 were a symptom of many issues converging, according to laboratory medicine specialist Jennifer Taylor of Melbourne, Australia. Taylor presented her findings in a seminar at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center on June 30.
Surgeons from Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine have given a facelift to a standard procedure that removes part of a horse's penis secondary to damage or disease.
Detailed agricultural weather information that can be customized to a horse farm's exact location is just one of the pieces of information available to Kentucky horse owners through the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture Weather Center.
A pile of horse dung is no longer just a pile of horse dung--it is now the stage for the fatal ambush of nematode (roundworm) larvae by a predatory fungus, worthy of screen time on the "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" nature show.
Foals, like other young animals, are especially susceptible to diseases. A review of necropsy cases over a one-year period at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center was conducted to determine common pathologic diagnoses in the foals submitted for necropsy. For this study, all foals 1 day to 6 months of age were included. A total of...
Hurricane Alex poses no immediate threat to the safety of horses residing Gulf Coast communities, according to owners in the region.
Nick Nicholson, the president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants--both human and equine--from injury on the opening day of the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 25 at the Lexington track.
Nick Nicholson, the president and CEO of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants--both human and equine--from injury.
The third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on June 28-29 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington will be available via a live video stream.
HFL Sport Science has announced that Dr. Rick Sams will be director of the new laboratory being constructed in Lexington that will take over equine drug testing for the state of Kentucky, beginning in February 2011.
Investigations into the occurrence of equine piroplasmosis, caused by Theileria (babesia) equi, continue and as of June 10 a total of 457 horses have been found positive to T. equi in the United States.
Top-notch care, increased capacity for colic cases, and state-of-the-art biosecurity to control the spread of infectious disease were the driving forces behind the construction of the 18,540-square-foot James M. Moran Jr. Critical Care Center at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center (NBC) in Kennett Square.
In an equine study using "proteomic" technology that systematically analyzed the proteins in skeletal muscle biopsies, a research team from The Netherlands identified a form of the protein creatine kinase that could be a marker for acute tying-up in horses.
Horses with a more severe exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) show increased amounts of certain immunoregulatory proteins, called cytokines, when they race at sea level rather than higher altitudes, researchers on a South African study concluded.
A new, simple muscular microbiopsy technique can reveal important information about a horse's athletic potential as well as possible pathologies that can affect performance, according to a new study by Belgian researchers.
The first 2010 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Florida's Marion county was confirmed May 24. A horse in the northwestern part of the county contracted EEE and was euthanized, according to a spokesperson for the Marion County Health Department.
Equine victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment will be the stars at the second annual Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. The Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in College Station, Texas, is hosting the challenge to showcase the talents of its many rescues horses.
Anyone who slaughters a horse and sells its meat for human consumption in Florida now faces criminal felony charges under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist on May 14.
Some horse slaughter opponents are using social networking sites to urge the defeat of Missouri legislation that would allow horse processing plant development in that state.
After the Finish Line will hold its 2010 annual charity fundraiser, "A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds," on Aug. 5 in Del Mar, Calif. The reception and dinner will include silent and live auctions.
Money will go to Dr. Heather DiMaio Knych and Dr. Mary Robinson for post-doctoral research.
In a letter to veterinarians dated April 28, Brett Whitehead, Director, Equine and Ag Retail Business, of Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health, encouraged practitioners to return all PreveNile vaccine. The recall was initiated after an increased incidence in the number of adverse events following vaccination with currently marketed serials of PreveNile.
Costas Georgakopoulos, PhD, and his colleagues in Greece are working to create technologies that enable officials to quickly discover whether athletes--animals or people--are using illegal substances or exceeding the allowable levels of legal medications.
After Thoroughbreds have completed their race careers, they are often ideal candidates for another vocation.
Not only can exercise safely be imposed in any age horse, but it also might be protective to joints, reported a Colorado State University research team led by Chris Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, an associate professor and equine surgeon.
An equine veterinarian representing the "On Call" program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will assist NBC Sports and ESPN with horse-health information during the April 30 and May 1 live racing telecasts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Equine surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, will be on hand to provide timely heal...
The Unwanted Horse Coalition has launched an additional resources page on the organization's Web site.
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