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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Review: Multiple Reasons For Equine Deaths During Foaling

Complications during foaling are a predominant cause of death and disease in foals and mares; even normal births can cause injury to the mare, both externally or internally. In some cases, these injuries can be so significant that they can cause the death or require the euthanization of the mare. Researchers reviewed the cases of […]

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Sport Horse World Questioning Use Of Compounded Drug After Reports Of Sudden Deaths

Medroxyprogesterone acetate, also known as medroxy or MPA, is a compounded version of Depo-Provera, a human contraceptive. This drug has been used for years in the sport horse industry, believed to calm fractious horses and prevent estrus in mares (though research shows it actually has no impact on estrus). As a calming medication, medroxy is […]

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Not All Blooms Are Beautiful: The Dangers Of Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae has long been common in lakes and ponds, but it’s getting a lot of attention recently for its potentially toxic impacts on dogs — but horses can be impacted, too. Though there are over 80 known kinds of blue-green algae that produce toxins, the algae are not normally toxic unless it “blooms,” meaning […]

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New Service Making Equine End-Of-Life Decisions Easier

Scotland has piloted a new website to help horse owners with end-of-life decisions. The Equine End of Life Service is a nonprofit organization that provides options for euthanasia, removal and disposal. Created by the National Fallen Stock Company, the goal of the site is to provide simple, easy-to-understand information, removing some of the stress associated […]

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Equine Sedative Xylazine Linked To Pennsylvania Overdoses

Two January overdoses in Chester County, PA, have been linked to xylazine, an equine sedative. The County Coroner, Dr. Christina VandePol, is urging veterinarians and horse farm owners with the drug on hand to be vigilant about monitoring their supplies. Xylazine is not a controlled substance; it is a sedative, analgesic and anesthetic used in […]

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Vaccine For Deadly Foal Pneumonia On Horizon

Pneumonia in foals can be a life-threatening illness. Rhodococcus equi, which is the common cause of foal pneumonia, can cause additional damage to a foal’s body, including affecting organs, lymph nodes, bones, joints and the brain. Fatality for infected foals ranges from 20 to 40 percent. To date, there is no licensed vaccine. Morris Animal […]

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Fanciful Angel Killed In ‘Freak Stall Accident’ At Palm Meadows

The 5-year-old gelding Fanciful Angel, second in both the Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch in 2017, passed away at Palm Meadows on Saturday due to a “freak stall accident.” Bloodstock agent Brad Weisbord announced the news via Twitter on Sunday. Sad to report we lost FANCIFUL ANGEL yesterday in a freak stall accident at Palm […]

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed In North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently confirmed the fifth and sixth positive cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis for 2017. The cases were discovered in a 6-year-old pony mare in Bladen County and a 5-year-old Quarter Horse gelding in Camden County. Both animals had no vaccination history. “EEE is a mosquito-borne disease […]

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