Upcoming Study: Is A Common Cattle Parasite Responsible For Equine Abortions?

Nearly 40 percent of abortions in horses are from unknown causes, says Dr. Tracey Chenier of the Ontario Veterinary College. Beginning in September, she will be overseeing a study to determine if a parasite that causes abortion in cattle could be responsible for the same issue in broodmares. The parasite, Neospora caninum, was first identified […]

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EVA Confirmed In Two Stallions In England

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in two stallions in Dorset, England, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, reports. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place; the horses, which are not Thoroughbreds, are located in the same stable. EVA is a notable viral disease in stallions that can cause swelling of […]

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Can Proper Nutrition Reduce EHV-1 Risk? One Study Says Yes

Good nutrition and correct management seem to have the ability to largely downplay the effects of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) in horses, a new study out of Belgium shows. EHV-1 traditionally affects horses that are less than one year old; the virus resides in the upper respiratory tract, replicates and enters the bloodstream. EHV-1 […]

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Nevada State Vet Places Quarantine After EHV-1 Positive

Horses that competed at the Nevada State High School Rodeo Feb. 22-24 in Pahrump have been placed under quarantine by Nevada State Veterinarian Dr. JJ Goicoechea. This measure was takenĀ  after one positive for equine herpes virus type 1 with neurologic signs was reported. The Nevada Department of Agriculture did not release the name of […]

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Minimizing Exposure Key To Preventing Equine Leptospirosis

Equine leptospirosis can cause serious health issues in horses, including chronic uveitis (moon blindness) and abortion in pregnant mares. A zoonotic bacterial disease found worldwide, leptospirosis can affect any mammal. It is caused by a bacteria and horses become infected through mucous membranes or through a cut that has been exposed to infected urine, blood […]

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Concerns Over Nocardioform Placentitis For Kentucky Foal Crop On The Rise

A rise in nocardioform placentitis cases in Central Kentucky’s 2011 foal crop caused concern among equine caretakers, veterinarians and the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL). A placental infection that can cause late-term abortion or small, underdeveloped foals, the disease could take a toll on the Thoroughbred breeding industry. The UKVDL reported via The […]

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