Disease

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Is your horse in pain? Now there’s a better way to tell

The Equine Discomfort Ethogram is designed to help veterinarians and horse owners manage horses in pain.

Fat deposits are one of most distinct physical signs of equine metabolic syndrome. Horses with the condition tend to accumulate fat along the top of the neck, over the ribs and the top of the tailhead.

A fat-related horse health problem

Equine metabolic syndrome encompasses a collection of signs and clinical changes, including insulin resistance, hyperinsulinaemia, infertility and obesity.

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Three things to do for a horse having a heaves flare-up

If an acute heaves episode occurs, call the veterinarian and then do these three things to help your horse.

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4 facts about heaves in horses

Do you know the basics about equine asthma (commonly known as heaves)?

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How to handle a heaves flare up

If dust, mold and other environmental factors trigger an acute episode, call the veterinarian and do the following three things.

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A winning argument

How a disagreement with my husband led to an EQUUS story about how equine research a decade ago helped pave the way for today's new mRNA CoVID-19 vaccine.

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Basic facts about tetanus in horses

You'll be better able to protect your horse from tetanus if you know how the disease occurs, how to prevent it and how it's treated..

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Reassuring findings about PPID drug

Researchers report that a case of pergolide overdose resulted in only minor, temporary effects.

Equine herpesviruses are easily passed from horse to horse.

Know your equine herpesviruses

A total of nine equine herpesviruses have been named, but only five are found in domestic horses. Here are the five types found in domestic horses.

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Identifying 'silent' strangles carriers

New research suggests that screening practices can help identify seemingly healthy horses carrying pathogens that can infect herd mates.

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Farm in Washington State quarantined due to equine influenza

Vaccination and biosecurity measures can help protect horses who travel as well as those they may infect when they return home.

If horses consume the bodies of infected aquatic insects while grazing or drinking, they may develop Potomac horse fever.

Potomac Horse Fever case diagnosed in Kentucky

The gelding, with an unknown vaccination history, began showing signs in late August.

Research has shown that the reservoir for the bacteria that causes pigeon fever is the soil. Flies then transmit the bacteria from horse to horse.

Five cases of pigeon fever reported in Washington State

This bacterial infection, spread by stable, horn and houseflies, is becoming more common as weather conditions change.

The test for EFIH is the first widely available genetic test for Thoroughbreds.

UC Davis Researchers Identify Genetic Variant for Equine Familial Isolated Hypoparathyroidism in Thoroughbreds.

Testing is now available, the first widely available genetic test for Thoroughbreds.

Strangles can be passed from horse to horse by direct contact.

Oregon horse with strangles may have exposed others

Forty potentially infected horses may have moved back to other parts of Multnomah or Clackamas county.

WNV is spread by birds, primarily crows

First report of equine West Nile Virus in Colorado for 2020

The viral disease spread by birds claimed the life of a horse in Jefferson County.

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Stall-side test for respiratory infection

New research shows that a simple stall-side blood test can determine whether a horse’s cough is caused by infectious disease or a chronic inflammatory condition.

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African horse sickness strikes

The threat of African horse sickness looms large in some parts of the world. Here’s the story of how my gelding battled and overcame the deadly virus.

Determining the cause of a cough in horses can be difficult, but it's critical to developing a treatment plan.

When to worry about coughing in horses

Sometimes coughing in horses is harmless, but it may be the first sign of serious trouble. Here’s how to tell the difference.