Equine Articles

Thrush – Treatment and Prevention

Thrush is a common hoof infection that is not defined solely by the organism responsible for the disease; rather, it is diagnosed by the typical appearance and symptoms of the affected hoof anatomy.  Horses kept in wet or unsanitary conditions for prolonged periods of time are susceptible to Thrush, but those kept in pristine conditions […]

Treatment and Prevention of Arthritis in Horses

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a very common cause of lameness in horses.  Arthritis simply means inflammation in the joints, but OA and DJD refer to a progressive condition wherein the articular cartilage, or padding between the bones, begins to deteriorate at a rate faster than it would normally be […]

Vaccination Recommendations for Horses

Prevention of disease is the foundation for health.  No medical treatment, or even cure, for an illness, is more important than that which may help us avoid disease in the first place.  Vaccines (immunizations) are preeminent in maintaining good health, without which our horses are susceptible to numerous disease-causing pathogens. Here are some of the […]

Vesicular Stomatitis

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) is a contagious disease caused by a virus.  It is seen mainly west of the Mississippi, especially in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest regions.  VS is prevalent in Mexico, Central and South America.  In horses, VS appears as blisters in the mouth and nose which may lead to crust formation on the […]

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted by mosquitoes.  The virus causes encephalomyelitis, or swelling of the brain and spinal cord tissues.  Birds are the primary reservoirs for the virus, but many animals may be infected aberrantly, including horses and humans.  Certain species of birds are unable to carry the virus, which instead causes disease and […]