University Of Kentucky’s Department Of Veterinary Science Responds To Nocardioform Placentitis

The 2019-2020 foaling season has seen an increase in reports of Nocardioform placentitis, both in cases submitted to the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and in reports from equine practitioners in the field. Nocardioform placentitis is an equine placental disease affecting pregnant mares and their foals during pregnancy. UK’s VDL provides real-time surveillance of […]

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Winter Weather And Added Rain Bring Hoof Care Challenges

Though cold weather can cause some horse’s hoof growth to slow, proper hoof care is still imperative to having a healthy horse. Routine farrier care is essential, even during colder months, and picking out feet daily can help prevent thrush and seedy toe. Soggy footing, whether from rain or snow, can lead to rapid development […]

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Foal Deaths From Nocardioform Placentitis Higher Than Usual So Far In Kentucky

At the close of January 2020, 44 foal deaths had been reported to the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) because of nocardioform placentitis. (This number includes all breeds of horses, not just Thoroughbreds.) Fayette County had 29 reported foal deaths. Thoroughbred Daily News reported that number is high. In a normal year, foal […]

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Tufts Vet School: Trying To Figure Out The Scoop On Poop

Cases of diarrhea that once would have been fatal are responding to fecal transplantation. Now Cummings School researchers are working to identify exactly how this procedure can help horses For most humans and animals, diarrhea is an uncomfortable but minor problem. However, in horses, diarrhea can more easily turn deadly—killing some 25 to 30 percent […]

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Straight Talk On Scratches

Scratches, also called equine pastern dermatitis, is a condition most horse owners and caretakers will encounter sometime during their tenure with horses. If not treated right away, the crusty scabs can lead to swelling, inflammation and lameness—and the condition can become chronic. The Chronicle of the Horse spoke with Dr. Nimet Browne, an internal medicine […]

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Treating A Wound Without Antibiotics? Give Debridement A Try

The concern regarding antibiotic resistance is well founded and veterinarians are searching for ways to treat wounds without these powerful drugs. Debridement, which removes necrotic tissue, is one of the easiest ways to help avoid the use of antibiotics, reports The Horse. Some debridement options include: Enzymatic debridement uses manufactured enzymes to break down the […]

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Different Breed, Different Microbiome? Not Necessarily

The equine intestinal microbiome is an ecosystem within a horse’s gastrointestinal system; it’s a population of fungi, yeast, bacteria and protozoa, reports The Horse. The microbiota in the gut has multiple roles, including protecting horses from infection, helping with digestion and nutrient absorption, triggering the immune system and providing energy. The number of microorganisms found […]

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Ongoing Research On Equine Microbiome Expected To Assist In Laminitis Prevention

Ashley Ward, a British PhD student, is beginning a project to help determine if biomarkers can help identify horses that are at risk for pasture-associated laminitis. Working with Drs. Philippa Morrison and Caroline Argo, the project will run over three and a half years and will building on existing work on the equine gut microbiome. […]

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Some Anti-Inflammatories May Increase Risk Of Colic Complication

The University of North Carolina has recently completed a study that indicates that one of the best ways to reduce a complication of small intestinal strangulating obstruction (SISO) is by choosing the correct pain medication. Endotoxemia occurs when a bacterial toxin crosses the gut lining, initiating a large immune response and causing shock. This happens […]

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