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Equestrian Disease


Lyme Disease- The Silent Killer
Of all the ailments that your horse can have, Lyme disease is one of the most puzzling. Since horses are athletic in nature, many of the early symptoms of the disease can often be explained away as normal equestrian ailments. In fact, almost 90% of the horses that contract Lyme disease go undiagnosed. Understanding more about the factors that play a role in Lyme disease, and understanding how to diagnose and treat the disease can go a long way to protecting your livestock. Keep reading to find out more about this silent killer.... Read the full article

Cushing’s Disease and your Horse
According to publisher and horse owner Shelly Mellot, Cushing's Disease (scientifically known as Hyperadrenalcorticism) is a disease that hits horses and canines. “It’s caused by excessive levels of gluocorticoid (a type of steroid made by the pituitary gland),” Mellot said. “You have to take the disease very seriously because it can lead to other problems.”... Read the full article

From Colic to Respiratory Disease: Illnesses Affecting Horses Today
Illness prevention is critical in maintaining equine health. Though an owner can never be certain that their horse will not fall victim to an equine illness, having the ability to identify potential symptoms and take action could make a big difference in the overall health of your horse. With several different kinds of illnesses affecting horses today, learning about the different types, signs and symptoms, and treatment techniques is more important than ever before.... Read the full article

10 Tips for Preventing Colic
The number one killer of horses is colic. Colic is not a disease, but rather a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse. Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be ignored. Many of the conditions that cause colic can become life threatening in a relatively short period of time. Only by quickly and accurately recognizing colic – and seeking qualified veterinary help – can the chance for recovery be maximized.... Read the full article

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Laminitis
Every day veterinarians across the country see hundreds of cases of laminitis, a painful disease that affects the feet of horses. Laminitis results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot, which secure the coffin bone to the hoof wall. While the exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce laminitis. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse’s body.... Read the full article


UK Charity Calls for Help in Curbing Killer Equine Disease
A UK charity is appealing for help in their efforts to halt the spread of a potentially deadly disease which is sweeping through the population of working animals in Ethiopia. SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has launched a... Read the full release

Learn about equine joint disease with this free educational campaign
SHIRLEY, N.Y. – January 2006 – Luitpold Animal Health announces a new educational campaign created to help horse owners better understand the causes, effects and treatments of equine degenerative joint disease.Horse owners can now view a new educatio... Read the full release

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (262/05) issued by the Government News Network on 24 June 2005 New quarterly surveillance reports have been launched to monitor disease outbreaks in horses and donkeys.Defra is worki... Read the full release

Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Two Colorado Horses
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Agriculture is investigating two confirmed cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state. Two quarantines have been placed on two Weld County premises. One horse was euthanized after showing sever... Read the full release

USDA Government Vet to Discuss Equine Virus with Concerned Wellington Equestrians
Wellington, FL - December 14, 2006 - On Saturday, December 16, USDA Government Veterinarian, Dr. Julie Gauthier, will meet with equestrians, community members, and members of the media to discuss the Equine Rhinopneumonitis Virus. The disease, also k... Read the full release

Breakthrough Made in Cure For Equine Skin Disease
The elimination of a debilitating, degenerative skin disease inhorses is now possible thanks to the recent identification of a genemutation and development of a new diagnostic test by researchers atthe University of California, Davis.Findings from th... Read the full release

EVA Outbreak in France
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has confirmed that, due to an outbreak of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) in the area, the Driving event scheduled in Les Haras du Pin in France on July 11, 2007 has been cancelled. EVA is a viral disease, w... Read the full release

Vaccination can help keep trail horses healthy, safe
Trail riding can be fun and relaxing, but it can also leave horses exposed to disease, especially if they are traveling to a new area or haven’t been given the proper vaccinations to help protect them from local disease threats. “Whenever horses trav... Read the full release

Barbaro Injury Highlights Need for Laminitis Research Funding
Ten million dollars in equine research funding is needed to unlock themysteries of the devastating equine disease known as laminitis, the AmericanAssociation of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation, Inc., said today.The life-threatening injury to K... Read the full release

Update on Equine Herpesvirus-Tips for Protecting Colorado Horses
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Agriculture continues to investigate the spread of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) within the state. Disease Update as of 11am, 5/16/2010: 2 confirmed cases of equines with EHV-1. 6 additional exposed horses... Read the full release

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (200/05) issued by the Government News Network on 12 May 2005 A stallion, that was diagnosed as having Contagious Equine Metritis Organisim (CEMO), has now been successfully treated.... Read the full release

AAEP Releases Updated Equine Vaccination Guidelines
The Infectious Disease Committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has issued revised guidelines for the vaccination of horses. The Committee, chaired by Mary Scollay, DVM, has made recommendations for the use of vaccines based on ... Read the full release

Pfizer Animal Health Introduces Zylexis(TM)
Pfizer Animal Health recently introduced its newest product offering for equine veterinarians. Zylexis(TM) is a demonstrated safe and effective immunomodulator backed by contact challenge study data and nearly a decade of patient use by practitioners... Read the full release

LDDC Confirmed Equine Leptospirosis Cases are Up This Year
To date this season (July 2006 to present), the University of Kentucky’s Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) has confirmed 40 cases of equine leptospirosis in the Central Kentucky region. Most of the observed cases have resulted in foal loss b... Read the full release

DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (167/05) issued by the Government News Network on 30 March 2005 Defra has today confirmed a case of Contagious Equine Metritis Organism(CEMO) in a horse in the Frome area of Somerset... Read the full release

New Transportation Requirements for Horses Traveling to Colorado
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Agriculture has implemented new travel requirements for horses entering the state due to the spread of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1). "We are considering all of our options for protecting Colorado's horse in... Read the full release

North Carolina Horse Council Designates February as 'Horse Health Awareness Month'
February 1-28, 2005, has been designated by the North Carolina Horse Council as "Horse Health Awareness Month." Horse Health Awareness Month is designed to help owners call attention to their horse's health needs. Some equine veterinary practitione... Read the full release

Salmonella & Feed Contaminants on the Menu for Roundtable Discussion at Alltech’s 27th International Symposium
[Lexington, KY] – Salmonella – it’s one of every farmer’s worst fears and the culprit behind severe disease in both animals and people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were nine major s... Read the full release

Announcing the Intervet Foal Care Program and Prestige IV FoalShot
MILLSBORO, Del. (Dec. 11, 2006) - Intervet Inc. announces the Intervet Foal Care Program and the availability of Prestige IV FoalShot with Havlogen® equine vaccine. About the Intervet Foal Care ProgramThe Intervet Foal Care Program is the industry's ... Read the full release

Making Every Stride Count Adequan® Steps Up as Week 4 Title Sponsor
Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., makers of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) the official joint therapy of the US Equestrian Federation is excited to return for the second year as a weekly sponsor of FTI WEF. Allyn Mann, Senior Manag... Read the full release




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