Vets And Farriers Must Work Together To Keep Horses Healthy And Sound

Both veterinarians and farriers are of critical importance to equine welfare, and many times it’s essential that both professionals work in conjunction to keep a horse healthy and sound. While this can bring together a variety of personalities, it is possible for common ground to be found using care, consideration and respect. The issue of […]

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West Nile Virus: Still A Real Threat To Equines

West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, was first identified in 1999 and infected nearly 1,000 horses per year until 2006, when an effective vaccine was developed. In 2011, there were only 87 cases of West Nile, but the number of reported cases has been on the rise fairly rapidly, with nearly 500 cases […]

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Sports Medicine ‘Sleuths’ To Unravel Lameness Mysteries During March First Tuesday Lecture 

Join Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, ACVS, ACVSMR, and Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, as they kick-off the spring First Tuesday Lecture series with their talk “Mythbusting the Lameness Exam Part 2: Comparing Your Interpretation of Lameness to What Scientific Data Tells Us.” When lameness strikes and there are no “clues” – no swelling, no […]

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The Real Threat Of Rabies In Horses: Always Fatal But Always Preventable

Annual rabies immunization is considered a core vaccine by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP); while rabies cases in livestock is fairly rare, the outcome is deadly if a horse is infected. Rabies is preventable with the administration of the vaccine, which is 100 percent effective. A horse with rabies may initially not look […]

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Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to drf.com, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were […]

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An Elusive Diagnosis: Lyme Disease A Good Impersonator

Though Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose in horses, it should not be ignored as a potential diagnosis when horses show signs of lameness, weakness, lack of appetite or neurologic or behavioral changes. Lyme disease is carried by ticks, but often horse owners are not aware ticks have been on their animals until the […]

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The Spit Test: New Saliva Test For Tapeworm The Real Deal

EquiSal® Tapeworm saliva is a targeted treatment strategy used to control tapeworm infections and reduce the use of anti-tapeworm anthelmintics. The study, completed at Bransby Horses, a horse welfare charity in the UK, was recently published in Equine Veterinary Journal. The study  used 237 horses where EquiSal® Tapeworm testing was used to inform on anthelmintic administration over the […]

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Can Equine Biomarkers Determine Colic Type?

An Australian study found that four biomarkers were elevated consistently in horses with gastrointestinal disease, but it remains to be seen if these biomarkers will be able to help identify from which type of colic an equine suffers. Researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne used 30 horses […]

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