Study: Face Flies Contribute To Spread Of Strangles

Strangles is a highly transmissible, contagious disease. Readily spread on clothes, tack, buckets and other modes of indirect transmission, the virus is caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi). Good biosecurity is key to preventing the spread of disease, including isolating affected horses as well as using separate equipment and clothing when handling the […]

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International Travel Of Equines May Spread Parasitic Disease Dourine

Dourine is a parasitic venereal disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma equiperdum. Also dubbed “covering disease,” it has been described as a neglected-horse disease in the past, but scientists believe that the condition warrants greater attention, including better diagnostics to discover it and better drugs to treat it, mostly because of the increasing international movement […]

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Tricks To Keep Biting Flies At Bay

Though spring brings welcomed warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine, with it comes the reemergence of flying insects, many of which can be a nuisance for horses. The bites from horse flies, house flies, black flies, bot flies, mosquitoes, midges, ticks and more can cause itching, lesions and other skin issues. Flies and other biting […]

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Kansas Officials: Unsanctioned Horse Racing To Blame For Recent EIA Positives

Officials in Kansas say a total of seven equine infectious anemia (EIA) cases trace back to unsanctioned racing, and are urging horse owners to have their animals tested. The most recent cases occurred in Finney and Kearny counties. EIA is an infectious disease that can affect horses and other equine species, but it does not […]

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Buzz Off: Not All Fly Sprays Created Equal

The increasingly warmer weather around the country has brought out myriad flying nuisances: horse flies, house flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, gnats and stable flies, just to name a few. Besides irritation, flies can cause problems for horses, including hoof damage or lost shoes from stomping. Additionally, these winged wonders can carry a plethora of diseases, including […]

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