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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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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Zoetis Donates Vaccines To ASPCA Help A Horse Home Contestants 

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced an exciting partnership with Zoetis US LLC to reduce the medical costs for the agencies participating in the annual Help a Horse Home: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge. Zoetis will donate their new vaccine CORE EQ Innovator™ for every equine adopted during the two-month […]

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Three Horses With Equine Influenza At World Equestrian Center In Ohio

The World Equestrian Center management has been made aware by horse show veterinarian Dr. Holly Helbig that three horses at the facility have tested positive for the Equine Influenza Virus. After a full respiratory panel, all three horses have tested NEGATIVE for Streptococcus equi (Strangles) and NEGATIVE for EHV-1 and EHV-4 (Equine Herpesvirus). When the horses in question demonstrated […]

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Can My Horse Make Me Sick? Maybe, Experts Say

Humans share a lot with their horses — even disease. A handful of infections can be passed between the two species — some are easily treatable, some can be fatal. In most of these cases, humans contract disease from horses; it is possible but less likely for an infected human to pass disease to a […]

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Zoetis Introduces Complete Core Equine Disease Vaccine

Zoetis has introduced the Core EQ Innovator™, the first and only equine vaccine to contain all five core equine disease antigens (West Nile, Eastern and Western Equine encephalomyelitis, tetanus and rabies) in one vaccine. As defined by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association, these diseases are designated as core because […]

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Equine Rabies: What One Texas Veterinarian Learned

Viral respiratory and neurologic diseases are the leading preventable causes of death in horses.1 One of the core equine diseases that has a 100% fatality rate is rabies. “My first equine rabies case happened in a suburban barn – this family had a barn behind their house,” recalled Buff Hildreth, DVM, Richland, Texas. “Their 2-year-old gelding, […]

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Senior Horses May Not Need Plethora Of Spring Vaccines

While vaccinations are key to keeping horses healthy, vaccinating horses in their mid- to upper-20s comes with some additional concerns. While it’s important to ask the horse’s veterinarian what vaccines he must receive, if the horse doesn’t leave the farm and is not exposed to other horses, there are some vaccinations that he may not […]

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Tryon Horse Infected With Rabies

A horse in Polk County, North Carolina, was diagnosed with rabies earlier this month. Found on Red Fox Road in Tryon, six people who had been in contact with the horse are now being treated for rabies as a precaution. Spread through saliva, the symptoms of rabies can be difficult to spot and may mimic other ailments, […]

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