infection

A Honey-do List For Colic Surgeries

Colic is one of the most common equine ailments. It can be caused by a plethora of things, including grain overload, impaction, gas, parasite infection and sand ingestion. Nearly three percent of horses colic a year, reports The Horse. Of these, nearly 17 percent require colic surgery. Between 11 and 42 percent of the horses […]

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Combination Of Common Drugs May Treat Placentitis In Mares

Researchers investigated tackling placentitis on three fronts using a combination of firocoxib, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and altrenogest (a progestin used to suppress estrus). Placentitis in pregnant mares can be a death knell for the foal they carry, but quick recognition of the infection and inflammation of the placenta, as well as a new drug protocol, may […]

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UF Vets Help Dressage Horse Beat Odds To Compete Again

Thanks to a village of committed equine professionals—including University of Florida veterinarians and owners who refused to give up on him—a 9-year-old American Warmblood gelding who nearly died from an aggressive bacterial infection has beaten the odds and is now back in the show ring, a national contender in dressage competition. The 17.2-hand bay gelding, […]

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Is It Really Just A Runny Nose?

Nasal discharge in a horse can range from a non-issue to something truly life-threatening. Oftentimes drainage is nothing to be concerned about as the mucous membranes in the nasal passages can be aggravated from something as benign as dust in the arena or pollen. However, there are times that nasal discharge can indicate an emergency, […]

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Why Is West Nile Becoming So Virulent In Australia?

West Nile Virus in Australia has typically been less potent than other strains of the virus found around the world. However, a more-potent strain began circulating there in 2011. WNV infections were confirmed in 1,000 horses and 10 percent of those infected died. The original strain of West Nile in Australia was caused by Culex annulirostris mosquitoes […]

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Is A Synovial Infection The End Of A Horse’s Athletic Career? Not Necessarily

Infections of the synovial fluid in a horse’s joint can end an athletic career—if not their life. Drs. Danielle Crosby, Raphael Labens, Kristopher Hughes and Bryan Hilbert, with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and Sharon Nielsen examined the records of 186 horses the hospital saw over a […]

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E. Coli Is Gaining Antibiotic Resistance In Lots Of Species, Including Horses

E. coli is the most frequently isolated pathogen in food-producing animals and also causes major infections in humans, particularly urinary tract infections. Researchers in France, led by Dr. Clémence Bourély, were interested in determining if E. coli was resistant to two antibiotics: amoxicillin and tetracycline. Resistance to these drugs would indicate that E. coli was […]

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Stall-Side Kit To Test For Equine Inflammation And Infection Available

Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, announced that it will expand its portfolio of products and services for horses with the Stablelab® hand-held, point-of-care diagnostic blood test, which provides veterinarians critical information related to equine inflammation in 10 minutes. The Stablelab hand-held reader detects and quantifies the biomarker Serum Amyloid A (SAA), which is a major, acute phase protein […]

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Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Hitting Colorado Hard As Fair Season Ramps Up

Colorado has had an “unprecedented” amount of Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) cases so far this year said Colorado state veterinarian Keith Roehr. Threat of the virus affecting even more horses as fair season ramps up in the state is a great concern. On July 24, 70 horses in Larimer County were quarantined, reported the Colorado […]

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Equine Injuries: A Honey-Do List

Horses are notoriously accident prone, injuring themselves on seemingly inconspicuous items and requiring a vet visit to close the ensuing wound. While suturing an injury can lead to more-rapid healing, the breakdown of the suture line is not uncommon. Lower limbs repairs are especially prone to this breakdown as intense pressure is put on the […]

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