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Hives (Urticaria) in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prognosis Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 28, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Hives, also known as urticaria, are a common skin reaction in horses characterized by the sudden appearance of raised, swollen wheals on the skin. These wheals can vary in size, and may be accompanied...

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Selenium Poisoning (Alkali Disease) in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 29, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

Selenium (Se) is a micronutrient that horses require in trace amounts to support cellular function. The selenium content in soil contributes to its final concentration in plants. Worldwide, selenium l...

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Tapeworms in Horses: Risk Factors, Transmission & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Medications

Parasites are organisms that live in or on the horse, and rely on the horse for sustenance while often causing harm or disease. These include worms like roundworms, tapeworms, and bots, as well as ext...

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Keratosis (Stud Crud) in Horses: Symptoms, Prognosis & Treatment Sara Rice, MSc. | May 29, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Keratosis is an equine skin condition where patches or bands of skin become thickened, rough, dark, and oily. The patches are not painful nor itchy, are not contagious, and do not impact the overall h...

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Ringworm (Girth Itch) in Horses: Risk Factors, Transmission & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is a common fungal skin infection. Despite its name, ringworm isn't caused by a worm but rather by various fungi, or dermatophytes, that infect the skin. This fungal infe...

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Ragwort Poisoning (Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Toxicity) in Horses: Toxicology, Treatment & Prevention Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 24, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health, Toxicity

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are a naturally occurring type of compound found in many species of plants. When ingested, PAs are toxic to horses. Some of the most common plants that contain high conce...

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Quarantine Protocols and Horse Management: Infectious Disease Control in Equine Facilities Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 24, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Quarantine refers to the practice of separating infected or potentially infected animals to reduce the risk of disease spread. Horse farms, boarding facilities, and show facilities commonly use quar...

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Strangulating Lipomas in Horses: Risk Factors, Diagnosis & Treatment Sara Rice, MSc. | May 20, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

As horse owners the world over know, equines are prone to many forms of gastrointestinal disease and dysfunction. Strangulating lipomas are among the varied and complex risks of GI disruption in horse...

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Nerve and Joint Blocks in Horses: Diagnostic Analgesia Medications, Uses & Interpretation Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 20, 2024 | Horse Health, Medications

Diagnostic analgesia, commonly referred to as a "nerve block," refers to numbing an area using an analgesic, such as lidocaine, for diagnostic purposes. Diagnostic analgesia is a crucial component of ...

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Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA): Causes, Genetic Testing & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | May 17, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA), or Hyperelastosis Cutis (HC), is a genetic degenerative skin disease that primarily affects Quarter Horses. It's characterized by a collagen deficie...

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Case Study: Weight Gain in a Senior Metabolic Horse Sophie Stratton, MSc | May 29, 2024 | Case Study, Horse Health

Clinical Presentation History Intervention Outcome Discussion In August 2023, a diet evaluation was requested for a 46 year old Welsh/Quarter Horse gelding weighing 700 lb (320 kg) in Ontario, Canada....

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Proximal or Anterior Enteritis in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Recovery Sara Rice, MSc. | May 8, 2024 | Conditions, Gut Health, Horse Health

Proximal Enteritis (also known as Anterior Enteritis) describes inflammation of the first two parts of the horse's small intestine. Proximal Enteritis (PE) is a serious concern for horse owners, as it...

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Insect Stings and Spider Bites in Horses: A Complete Guide to Equine Pests Lucia K Ryan, MA. | May 8, 2024 | Care & Management, Horse Health

Horses are susceptible to a variety of external pests and parasites. Most equine pests are either insects or arachnids, some of which can cause irritation, discomfort, and even life-threatening reacti...

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Vesicular Stomatitis in Horses: Causes, Transmission & Prevention Dr. Jenna Thebeau, DVM, MSc | May 7, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

Vesicular Stomatitis Symptoms Transmission Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Zoonosis Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that more commonly affects horses living in warmer climates. The disease typi...

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Hendra Virus (Equine Morbillivirus) in Horses: Transmission, Risk Factors & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 7, 2024 | Conditions

Hendra virus (HeV), also known as equine morbillivirus, is a frequently fatal viral infection that can affect both horses and people. All reported cases of human Hendra virus infection occurred after ...

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African Horse Sickness: Causes, Risk Factors & Prevention Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM, DACVP | May 2, 2024 | Conditions, Horse Health

African horse sickness (AHS) is a viral infection transmitted by biting midges. Up to 90% of horses infected with the virus die after initial infection. [ref n="1"] Due to international t