Rood And Riddle To Host Workshop On Equine Neurologic Diseases

Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital will present a workshop on Neurologic Diseases of the Horse Feb. 20-22 at its main campus in Lexington, Ky. “The workshop aims to bring together experienced equine veterinarians to foster discussion and skill development. This collaborative environment will advance the skill set of all attending, as well as raise new […]

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Diagnosis In New Jersey

An 18-year-old Standardbred mare in New Jersey was euthanized on December 18 after a positive diagnosis for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The mare was housed in Monmouth County; the New Jersey Department of Agriculture reported that the mare’s vaccination history is unknown. Other horses on the premise are under quarantine; temperatures are being taken twice […]

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Rise In Neurologic Form of EHV-1 Cause For Concern

A new review reports that equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)—specifically the neurologic form of the disease–is still a large threat to the equine industry, potentially disrupting training and breeding schedules; restricting movement of horses; and potentially cancelling equine events such as shows and races. There has been a marked increase in the number of reported neurologic cases […]

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Colic Or Rabies? Similar Symptoms Can Place Horse Owners At Risk

“The horse was in extreme distress and the horse owners agreed: The only option to alleviate the suffering was euthanasia,” said Ed Murray, DVM, owner of Coosa Valley Equine Center in Pell City, Alabama. Dr. Murray shared his experience about a devastating case that stands out among his 47 years of being an equine veterinarian. […]

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Heart Attack Or Nettles? British Racehorse Suffers Surprising Allergic Reaction

A racehorse in Britain had a surprising reaction to stinging nettles, a type of weed common in Europe and North America — such an extreme reaction, in fact, that his connections thought he was suffering a heart attack, and his veterinarian is warning other owners to keep watch for the plant. The horse was found […]

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Like Humans, Stoned Horses Get The Munchies

A veterinarian in Iceland recently told Iceland Magazine that an incident from a few years ago convinced her that horses and humans may have a common reaction to marijuana exposure: hunger. A few years ago, veterinarians with the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority were tasked watching a group of Icelandic horses because they were shivering […]

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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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Painful Parody: Plethora Of Other Issues Can Mimic Colic Symptoms

The signs of colic are well-known to many horse owners: abdominal discomfort shown by pawing, kicking at the belly, repeatedly rolling, sweating and increased heart and respiration rate. While these symptoms are all rightfully red flags, they are not only signs of abdominal distress; they may also be signs of pain in almost any other […]

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Can Proper Nutrition Reduce EHV-1 Risk? One Study Says Yes

Good nutrition and correct management seem to have the ability to largely downplay the effects of equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1) in horses, a new study out of Belgium shows. EHV-1 traditionally affects horses that are less than one year old; the virus resides in the upper respiratory tract, replicates and enters the bloodstream. EHV-1 […]

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