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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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Method Of Tooth Removal In Horses May Indicate Complication Risk

Any equine tooth extraction can have complications, but not all methods carry the same risks. Researchers studied the five most-common tooth extraction methods to compare the type and rates of complication. Scientists V. Caramello, L. Zarucco, D. Foster, R. Boston, D. Stefanovski and J. A. Orsini studied oral extraction, three surgical tooth removals and lateral buccotomy […]

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Upcoming Study: Is A Common Cattle Parasite Responsible For Equine Abortions?

Nearly 40 percent of abortions in horses are from unknown causes, says Dr. Tracey Chenier of the Ontario Veterinary College. Beginning in September, she will be overseeing a study to determine if a parasite that causes abortion in cattle could be responsible for the same issue in broodmares. The parasite, Neospora caninum, was first identified […]

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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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More Florida Horses Positive For EEE; 18 Horses Officially Diagnosed In 2019

Six horses have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Florida, raising the total to 18 confirmed cases in the state this year. From Osceola, Holmes, Suwannee and Washington counties, five of the newly diagnosed horses were euthanized and one is recovering, reports The Horse. The six horses recently confirmed with EEE include an […]

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