Intranasal Vaccines: When They’re Right For Your Horse

It’s November, a time when breeders concentrate on getting their broodmares in top health for foaling and breeding season and horsemen ship yearlings to trainers for breaking and introduction to race training. An important part of their preparations is to vaccinate those horses before they leave home. Most vaccines are administered by injection into the […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: A Vaccine For Lawsonia?

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, I heard about research into a vaccine for Lawsonia. Does it work, and can I be comfortable it’s safe for my horse? DR. LAURIE METCALFE: For […]

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Canadian Biosurveillance Program Launched To Promote Equine Welfare

Merck Animal Health has launched an Equine Biosurveillance Pilot Program in Canada designed to help equine clinics with diagnosis of common equine respiratory diseases. The program will also collect epidemiological information on the main respiratory pathogens across Canada. This information can then be disseminated to the equine industry to promote knowledge of the ever-evolving nature […]

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Merck Animal Health Equine Biosurveillance Program Delivers Unprecedented 10 Years of Data

Merck Animal Health announces 10 years of key findings from its ongoing Equine Respiratory Biosurveillance Program. Recognized as the largest equine infectious respiratory biosurveillance study ever compiled and comprising one of the largest collections of equine influenza isolates in the United States, the program has provided new information on the major infectious respiratory disease threats […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Effectiveness Of Vaccines

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbreds. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: Some vaccines seem to have significant failure rates. Why should I give my horse vaccines that may not prevent their contracting an infectious disease? DR. DALE […]

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Survey Results Establish Equine Research Priorities

Colic (gastrointestinal diseases) is considered by both equine veterinarians and horse owners as the most important equine health care problem in need of more answers, according to the results of research surveys conducted in partnership by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and the American Horse Council (AHC) Foundation. In 2018, AAEP and […]

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BHA Focused On ‘Containment’: Equine Influenza Strain Identified As ‘Virulent’ Clade 1

The strain of equine influenza involved in the outbreak in the UK has been identified as the “Florida Clade 1” strain, which the British Horseracing Authority explains is endemic to North and South America and different from the “Clade 2” strain which is endemic to Europe. British horses are reported to be vaccinated against both […]

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Researchers Testing Vaccine To Relieve Equine Skin Allergies

A team of researchers from Swiss, English, and Latvian universities believe they may have developed a vaccine to relieve “sweet itch” — the allergic skin reaction some horses experience in response to bug bites. Sweet itch is characterized by swelling, flakiness, or even open wounds in reaction to the allergen deposited by flying, biting insects. […]

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Veterinarians Finding Off-Label Vaccine Effective Against Lawsonia In Young Horses

Lawsonia intracellularis is a type of bacteria associated with the disease Equine Proliferative Enteropathy (EPE), and for years, it has been a tricky foe for veterinarians. The bacteria, which tends to impact young horses, thickens the intestinal wall, preventing horses from properly absorbing their food. EPE causes puffiness in the jaw, leg or abdomen, lethargy, […]

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