High-tech boost for rainrot diagnosis

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc High-tech diagnostics may seem like overkill when dealing with common equine skin conditions, but researchers say polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology can be indispensable for... READ MORE

What to do first when your horse colicks

by Laurie Bonner Call your veterinarian at the first signs of abdominal pain---but as you wait, take steps to keep your horse comfortable and prevent his condition from getting worse. READ MORE

Albert's odd ailment

by Christine Barakat What seemed like a simple case of gastric ulcers turned out to be a rare condition that required risky surgery. READ MORE

Can you get the flu from your horse?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc New research suggests equine influenza virus is zoonotic. READ MORE

6 Things you may not have known about Pigeon fever

by Heather Smith Thomas Once found mainly in California, this bacterial infection has now been documented in 25 states across the country. Here are 6 little known or sometimes forgotten facts about the infection. READ MORE

Subtle signs of eye trouble

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A weepy, grossly swollen eye is a sure sign that something is amiss, but ocular problems in horses are not always so obvious. In fact, some of the more serious eye conditions, such as uveitis0,... READ MORE

Q & A: Understanding glucosamine

Question: In "Exercise and Arthritis" (Consultants, EQUUS 464) a letter from a reader solicited advice for managing her arthritic horse; the letter writer stated that the horse in... READ MORE

5 facts about dogs and deworming

by Heather Smith Thomas Routine fecal examinations and regular heartworm preventatives are the primary steps of controlling internal parasites in your dog. Here are some basic facts you may not know. READ MORE

When to worry about coughs

by Heather Smith Thomas Sometimes coughing is harmless, but it may be the first sign of serious trouble. Here’s how to tell the difference. READ MORE

Challenges of Cushing’s diagnosis

Q: I live in Canada, and I own four horses ranging from 6 to 25 years old. By late spring last year, they had all shed their winter hair and had beautiful slick coats, except for my... READ MORE

Surprising findings about rare navicular condition

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A new study suggests that a rare malformation of the navicular bone that often results in chronic lameness is congenital rather than related to wear or injury. Researchers from Utrecht... READ MORE

Additional approval for leptospirosis vaccine

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The only vaccine currently available to protect horses from leptospirosis recently received additional approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in mares in all three... READ MORE

An easier way to diagnose EHV-5 lung infection

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Researchers at the University of California–Davis have developed a new way to diagnose a sporadic lung infection associated with equine herpesvirus-5. Equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis... READ MORE

New cause of glaucoma in horses

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc A new cause for glaucoma in horses is documented in a recently published research paper. The paper describes the cases of five horses referred to veterinary clinics in various parts of the... READ MORE

Threats in the water

by Heather Smith Thomas Summer is the peak season for a number of diseases caused by organisms that thrive in ponds, streams and marshes. Here’s how you can protect your horse. READ MORE

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