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African Horse Sickness A Threat To More Than Just Horses

A veterinarian in Thailand is asking for help in fighting the outbreak of African Horse Sickness. Dr. Siraya Chunekamrai, vice-president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and chairwoman of the Lampang Pony Welfare Foundation, says that 500 horses have already died from the disease and hundreds, possibly thousands, of additional horses are at risk. […]

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Tips For Protecting Horses From Ticks

Ticks are typically active from spring into fall in Kentucky. The lone star tick and the American dog tick are the most troublesome species in Kentucky. Lone star tick bites are very irritating and tick feeding wounds can become infected. Check with your veterinarian about tick-borne disease incidence in your area. Protecting horses from ticks […]

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Are You Concerned About Colic During Covid-19?

With many horses seeing their exercise schedules suddenly reduced or eliminated, questions have cropped up if this creates a higher risk of colic. Our National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines is clear: Horses must have some form of exercise or turnout unless under stall rest for medical reasons or severe […]

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World-Renowned Research Organization Animal Health Trust Faces Imminent Closure

Established in England 1942, the Animal Health Trust was created by Dr. Reginald Wooldridge to advance veterinary medicine. The organization has since become the leading veterinary and scientific research charity dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs, cats and horses. The organization has conducted detailed research on blindness, epilepsy, cancer, equine flu, equine herpes […]

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New UK Mapping Tool To Help Prevent Spread Of Strangles

Horse & Hound reports that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has created a website that will provide up-to-date information on strangles diagnoses across the United Kingdom using a map function that highlights regions where strangles cases have been confirmed. Part of the surveillance of equine strangles project that was launched in April 2019, this website […]

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AAEP Publishes Glanders Guidelines

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published on its website comprehensive guidelines for the identification, control and prevention of Glanders, a contagious disease largely eradicated from the developed world but which has resurfaced recently with reported cases from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Although long eradicated in North […]

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2019: Significant Increases In EEE Cases In Horses And Humans

In 2019, there was a marked rise in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in both horses and humans. Last year, human cases of EEE were five times higher than average, with the most cases occurring in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina during August and September. It’s not clear what caused the […]

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When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Is Eradication Of Opossums From Horse Farms Advisable?

It has been known for many years that opossums spread equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) through their feces, but complete eradication of the marsupial on farms may be next to impossible. As opossums offer environmental benefits like eating ticks and other pests, complete removal may also not be recommended, reports The Horse. Opossums can be found […]

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