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New Drug To Treat Fever In Horses Approved

Kindred Biosciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has approved Zimeta™ (dipyrone injection) for the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses. Pyrexia, or fever, is associated with a number of underlying diseases and can result in significant […]

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Magical Ruled Out Of Breeders’ Cup With Temperature Spike; Top Mare Retired

Coolmore’s Magical, intended for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, did not make the trip to the United States this morning after spiking a fever, reports racingpost.com. The top-class mare, a four-time Group 1-winning daughter of Galileo, will instead be retired to begin her career as a broodmare. “Magical spiked a slight temperature this […]

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Tax Spikes A Fever, Held Out Of Oklahoma Derby

Trainer Danny Gargan has scratched talented 3-year-old Tax from Sunday’s Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, reports drf.com, because the colt developed a fever after shipping from New York to Remington Park. “He spiked a shipping temperature the day we got there,” Gargan said. “It came right back down [but] we decided to wait and do the right […]

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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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Mosquitoes: More Than Just A Nuisance

Mosquitoes are annoying, but they’re more than just a nuisance—they can carry diseases that harm the neurologic system of both horses and humans. The diseases that affect both horses and humans include: West Nile virus (WNV) Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) Western equine encephalitis (WEE) Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE) West Nile Virus (WNV) does not always […]

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Flu Outbreak In U.S. And Europe Cause For Concern

Equine flu has made headlines in both the United States and Europe recently, as it has been affecting even horses that had been vaccinated against it. Though the type of flu differs slightly between the two countries, with the amount of horses traveling internationally, experts have recommended that vaccines for both strains be given to […]

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Equine Rhinitis A Virus A Threat To Yearlings

A Canadian study highlights the susceptibility of yearlings to Equine Rhinitis A Virus (ERVA) and the ability of the disease to spread. The study, lead by Dr. Tanya Rossi of the University of Guelph, shows that horses between the ages of 1 and 2 are very susceptible to the virus and that farms should put […]

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Running Hot: What An Elevated Equine Temperature Can Mean

A horse’s “normal” temperature should be between 99 and 101 degrees F, but there are instances where his body temperature will rise without him being ill. He may “run hotter” on warm days or after exercise, whether hew as running around in his field or asked to work by a handler. Additionally, horse’s temperature will […]

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Running Hot? Accepted Range Of Equine Temps May Be Inaccurate

While it has been widely accepted for years that the normal body temperature for a healthy horse is between 99 and 101 degrees F, new British research suggests that this range may be too high to represent healthy horses. Taking a horse’s rectal temperature is a standard practice to help determine if a horse is healthy […]

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Second Case Of EEE In New Jersey

The second case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been reported in New Jersey. The affected horse, a 12-year-old gelding that lived in Camden County, was unvaccinated for the disease; he was euthanized on Aug. 27. Spread by mosquitoes, horses that are vaccinated are much less likely to contract the disease. The fatality rate is […]

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