Potentially Deadly: Acorn Toxicity In Horses

A 2015 study from England followed nine horses over a nine-year period that were suspected of becoming ill after eating acorns. Five of the horses presented with shock and bloody diarrhea—all five of those horses either died or were euthanized. The other four horses had colic and diarrhea; three of those survived and the fourth […]

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Morris Animal Foundation Awards $940,000 For New Studies Benefiting Horse And Alpaca Health

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, has awarded grants totaling $940,000 to 12 research projects in horse and alpaca health. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the well-being of these large animals through improved prevention and treatment of numerous health challenges, including equine herpesvirus, strangles and fungal infection. “Each of these […]

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Getah Virus Confirmed In China

China has confirmed its first equine case of Getah virus in a 17-year-old Warmblood. The horse  developed a sudden fever and diagnostic testing showed the presence of the mosquito-borne virus, which has no effective treatment. The horse, who is housed with1 4 other horses at a riding center in the Guangdong Province, was prescribed rest […]

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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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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? 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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