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Florida horse and unborn colt lost to equine botulism

When it comes to equine botulism, most people associate the disease with northeastern and Appalachian U.S. states. However, the toxin-producing bacteria that causes equine botulism, Clostridium botulinum, can be found anywhere.

Ashley Godwin was living in Florida when she lost her seven-year-old Thoroughbred mare, and her unborn colt, to equine botulism on Christmas Eve. She […]

Equine botulism leads to two deaths in Nova Scotia

Equine botulism is the cause behind two deaths at an animal rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada this month, with a third horse having been diagnosed, reports CBC.

Like many cases of equine botulism, the horses affected most likely became ill after eating hay that had been contaminated with the toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria […]

Risk-Based Vaccine: Botulism — American Association of Equine Practitioners

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created this fantastic resource on Clostridium botulinum Type B, which causes equine botulism, and the vaccine against it.

Neogen offers the vaccine BotVax B, which inoculates against botulism in three doses, each one month apart. BotVax B is the only U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved Clostridium botulinum type B toxoid […]

Study shows airway disease more common in racehorses than originally thought

Horses are powerful runners; on average, a galloping horse easily reaches 25 to 30 miles per hour. (The fastest recorded horse speed? Nearly 44 miles per hour, by a horse named Winning Brew in 2008.)

To achieve such high speeds, horses don’t need much beyond their own powerful muscles and plenty of air. Unfortunately, new […]

Horse named after football star drops out of Kentucky Derby

The Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby are two famous American sporting events during which some of the country’s top athletes take the stage — but one event highlights human athletes, and the other equine athletes.

Football star Rob Gronkowski plays for the New England Patriots, a team that participated in but ultimately didn’t win […]

Against all odds, roping horse survives botulism, resumes competing

John the horse, courtesy of UC Davis

Equine botulism isn’t commonly associated with happily-ever-afters. That said, one roping horse slated to appear in the World Series of Team Roping before he contracted botulism has made a comeback thanks to treatment from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital.

John is an 11-year-old American Quarter […]

Neurologic equine herpesvirus confirmed in several U.S. states

A number of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) cases have been reported in a few parts of the U.S., including Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Some of the reported cases have involved neurologic EHV-1, a slightly different version of the virus with different health consequences. This version of the virus has no vaccines, and can […]

A Vet’s View: Protecting against equine herpesvirus 1

The horse industry has once again been confronted with a high profile quarantine caused by neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1). This frightening and frequently deadly disease is caused by a virus that normally causes respiratory disease or abortion. A mutation of the disease, however, can cause neurologic disease in horses that results in weakness, incoordination, […]

Winter skin disease in horses

It seems like just last week we were outside in short sleeves enjoying beautiful autumn days, but winter will soon rear its sometimes-ugly head in the Northern Hemisphere. With the cold season comes the host of winter dermatologic problems affecting our horses. The increased rainfall (for those not in the crisp, snowy northern U.S.), decreased […]

When it’s not just the sniffles

You’ve just arrived at the show grounds and you’re looking forward to going for a few blue ribbons. Your horse, however, has other plans and greets you in the morning with a sticky mess on his nose and a cough that he just can’t seem to shake. Equine respiratory disease complex (ERDC) has found you.

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