Archive - February 2013

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Equine Eastern Encephalitis (EEE) This disease is also known as the sleeping sickness, it is capable of infecting a wide range of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even humans. This virus is carried on by birds and mosquitoes mainly during the summer. This is a viral disease that is often fatal in horses. This disease occurs in areas and at times where the mosquito population is abundant. Even though outbreaks are generally limited to a certain geographic perimeter due to the pattern of distribution of the vector, horses located in other areas in Florida may be at risk of contracting the disease, due to the current climatic conditions.
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Horse Hoof Topicals and Conditioners

General horse hoof care is vital in the development and activity of your horse. A lot rides on them. From its ability to run, jump, ride trails, participate in competitions and interact with you and other horses. However, several factors can affect your horse’s hoofs considerably. From harsh weather, surrounding environment, riding terrain, horseshoes, nutrition, heredity and turnout frequency all have an overall effect of hoof health.

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Dog Seizure Medication

A seizure is a sudden and abnormal neurological activity occurring in the brain. Seizures may cause unusual behavior from your dog such as shaking, whining, salivation, wandering, restlessness and apprehension. The cause of your dog’s seizures may vary from Epilepsy, Canine Distemper, Brain Tumor, Head Injury or Environmental Toxins. Medications are available in the aid of seizures and their symptoms and the medications shown below may be prescribed by your veterinarian.

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Potomac Horse Fever

Potomac horse fever is a disease best known for its gastrointestinal signs such as enteritis and diarrhea. This disease is caused by Neorickettsia risticii, an organism that lives inside several different cells of the equine body. This disease has been referred to in the past as equine monocytic ehrlichiosis, or equine ehrlichial colitis. Cases of the fever have a seasonal presentation with the highest number of cases with clinical signs in July, August, and September. It is found throughout in North America and has been reported in most regions of the United States and Canada.
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What is Equine Arteritis Virus?

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) is a contagious disease of horses caused by equine arteritis virus (EAV), an RNA virus that is found in horse populations in many countries. While typically not life-threatening to otherwise healthy adult horses, EAV can cause abortion in pregnant mares; uncommonly, death in young foals; and establish a long-term carrier state in breeding stallions. While various horse breeds appear equally susceptible to EAV, the prevalence of infection can vary widely, with higher sero-positivity rates occurring in Standardbreds and Warmbloods.
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