Category Archives: Illness

Equine Uveitis

Uveitis is an inflammatory condition of the uveal tract of the eye (iris, ciliary body and choroid). It can be caused from trauma, corneal ulcers, tumors and lens luxation. Most people are aware of the immune-mediated form of equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) or moon blindness....
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Strangles: Dispelling the Myths

Strangles: Dispelling the Myths  The intranasal strangles vaccine can limit a horse's clinical signs, if not prevent the disease altogether. Photo: Erica Larson, News Editor
Strangles. Even the common name for this bacterial disease—caused by the sinister Streptococcus equi—sounds like something of legend, a cautionary tale inscribed by medieval monks. The abscesses and pus-laden nasal discharge...
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Botulism

Jim McGrain, DVM This time of year, with the frequency of round bales being fed, we tend to receive questions regarding the disease Botulism. Botulism is a bacteria that, under anaerobic (absence of oxygen) conditions, produces spores that, in turn, release a toxin. There are several distinct Botulism toxins ranging from A - H with types...
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Change in weather and increased risk of Colic

With the changing weather and cold temperatures coming, changes in your horse’s routine and eating habits can occur which can predispose them to colic. Colic is a symptom of stomach or intestinal pain. There are many causes of this potentially deadly problem. Water that is too cold, decreased exercise, grazing on poor quality grasses, or...
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