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The basic facts about Lyme disease in horses

This insidious infection is a persistent threat to horse health in some parts of the country. Here's what you need to know to protect your horse.

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5 ways to protect your horse from pigeon fever

No vaccine is available to prevent Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, so your best bet is protective management.

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Pigeon fever treatments

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infections in horses (pigeon fever) take different forms that require different therapeutic approaches. When Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis bacteria enter a horse’s body, usually via insect bites or breaks in the skin, the infection can take three different forms. Here are the treatments for each form of pigeon fever:

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Managing Cushing's Disease in Horses

Learn how improved management techniques are making it easier to care for your senior horse with Cushing's Disease, more correctly referred to as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). By Joanne Meszoly for EQUUS magazine.

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Quick and easy scratches relief

Pasterns often become crusty and scabby when “mud season” turns paddocks into soupy messes. But left untreated, a simple case of scratches can escalate into a painful, chronic condition.

EEE is spread primarily mosquitos, which feed on birds who harbor the virus, then transit it to horses. Horses are considered dead-end hosts, meaning they cannot spread it to other animals.

Three Canadian horses die of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

The horses lived closed to each other in the same county and none were vaccinated against the fatal neurological disease.

The role of steroids in the development of laminitis is under scrutiny by researchers.

Do corticosteroids increase a horse's laminitis risk? Not necessarily

A study from England challenges the long-held belief that corticosteroids increase a horse’s risk of developing a potentially devastating inflammatory hoof condition called laminitis.

Vaccinate horses against EEE

Michigan horse owners urged to vaccinate their animals

Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2020 in Michigan are outpacing those from 2019

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Coronavirus: An emerging threat?

Previously unknown in adult horses, this gastrointestinal virus has been responsible for more than a dozen outbreaks across the United States and overseas in the last five years. Here’s how you can protect your horse.

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What to do when your horse has a fever

When your horse’s temperature climbs, it may be best to simply let the process run its course. But sometimes you’ll want to get a veterinarian in right away. Here's what you need to know.

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A Price of Progress?

Laminitis associated with lush grass is the most common form of the condition today, but it was hardly known a century ago. Why?

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When to adjust vaccination plans

Changing circumstances may mean that your horse needs different or additional vaccinations.

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The fight against equine influenza

This common respiratory disease can spread through entire herds in a matter of days. Here’s what you need to know to protect your horse.

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Laminitis prevention basics

Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about this potentially crippling disease and how to prevent it.

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6 Things you may not have known about Pigeon fever

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.

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On the frontlines against EPM

Progress has been made in the detection and treatment of this potentially debilitating neurological disease, but much remains to be done. Here’s where we stand.

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Check your horse's neurological health

Evaluate and monitor the state of your horse's nervous system with a few simple tests.