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Study Explores Causes Of Watery Manure

Watery manure in horses can be a horse owner’s nightmare, coating the tail, hind legs and buttocks of horses, potentially scalding skin and encouraging flies. the condition, called “free fecal liquid,” is when a horse excretes manure that has both solid and liquid components. The liquid can be voided by itself or with the solid […]

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Daily Dewormers: No Longer Effective

Parasite resistance to deworming products is an ongoing concern for equine owners and caretakers. Though using fecal egg counts instead of deworming on a set schedule has been recommended for years, many farm and barn owners still opt to take the easy route and blanket deworm horses without having manure tested for parasite eggs. Also […]

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Roughing It: Why Perfect Pastures Shouldn’t Be A Goal

While a perfectly level, green pasture may be the dream of many horse owners, there’s a reason why horses routinely graze only certain areas of their fields, leaving others to grow uneven grass and weeds. Dubbed “roughs,” these are sections of the pasture where horses defecate, but don’t graze. Horses shed parasites with their manure, […]

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New Two-Minute Tool Can Detect Equine Parasites, Offer Treatment Plan

MEP Equine Solutions today announced the successful completion of their equine veterinary beta program for the Parasight System, a 2.5-minute push-button fecal egg count test for horses. The Parasight System will officially launch at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual conference next month in Denver. The technology is the only automated fecal egg […]

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Terrestrial Parasite Tracker To Help Human, Animal Health

Terrestrial Parasite Tracker is a new initiative created to collect information on parasites in the United States. As vectors of diseases, parasites play an important role in the health of humans, livestock and wildlife. Researchers have tried to gather information from specimens in natural history museums, but often the specimens are not readily accessible. To […]

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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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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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Peritonitis: Not Always A Secondary Condition

Peritonitis is a painful inflammation of peritoneum, the tissue that lines the abdomen and supports most abdominal organs. Often seen as a complication in horses that have had abdominal surgery, a ruptured bowel or injury to the abdominal cavity, if left untreated it can lead to organ failure and death. Though often associated with prolonged […]

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Sable Island’s Feral Horses Perishing From Starvation And Worms

Horses have been found on Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, since the 18th century. Though hardy, the feral horses are dying; a team of researchers has been investigating the cause of the recent deaths. Dr. Emily Jenkins, one of the researchers, has discovered that the horses are perishing from starvation as well […]

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Is Garlic Good For Keeping Equine Intestinal Worms At Bay?

Garlic is often fed to horses with claims it’s a fly repellent, an appetite stimulant, antibacterial, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. It’s also touted to help with intestinal parasites. As resistance to dewormers grows, researchers are on the hunt for alternative types of parasite control. Two recent studies have conflicting findings regarding the effectiveness of garlic on […]

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