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Below is information describing our (KY Dept Agriculture’s) understanding and perspective regarding a reported Equine Herpesvirus (EHV) outbreak affecting horses on Sunland Park Racetrack in New Mexico: I did over the weekend, and most recently Tuesday evening, have conversation with Dr. Alexandra Eckhoff, New Mexico Livestock Board’s veterinarian overseeing the EHV investigation and who is…Continue Reading
2016 THOROUGHBRED SALES CALENDAR Dr. Jeff Berk Availability may change January 25th: OBS Under Tack Show – Ocala, FL 27th-28th: OBS Winter Mixed Sale- Ocala, FL February 8th-9th: Fasig-Tipton KY Winter Mixed Sale – Lexington, KY March 2nd: Fasig-Tipton Florida Two Year-Olds – Hallandale, FL 15th-16th: OBS March Two Year-Olds – Ocala, FL 30th: Barretts…Continue Reading
All: Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) has an acute onset, sometimes fatal enterotyphlocolitis of horses caused by Neorickettsia risticii, sometimes resulting in abortion. The N. risticii is found in flukes that parasitize freshwater snails. PHF has been diagnosed all around North America and is usually seen in horses older than one year. Common signs are depression,…Continue Reading
Kentucky’s first West Nile equine case has been reported by the State Veterinarian. The equine affected was a pleasure horse in Calloway County, southwestern Kentucky, and had no previous WNV vaccination history. “The diagnosis, based on detection of WNv IgM by ELISA and with compatible clinical symptoms demonstrated, does serve as a reminder that West Nile virus…Continue Reading
Horse management tips for cold temperatures By Holly Wiemers LEXINGTON, Ky., (Jan. 23, 2014) – Bitter cold temperatures have been a theme this winter, and are now here again. Experts at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offer tips for managing horses during extremely cold weather. While the ideal time for…Continue Reading
Lawsonia intracellularis is an obligate intracellular gram-negative bacterium causing equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) in mostly young horses. It causes proliferation of the affected enterocytes, resulting in thickening segments of small intestines, sometimes large intestines as well (Lawson and Gebhart, 2000). L. intracellularis does not grow in routine aerobic/anaerobic culture and can only be grown in…Continue Reading
Deworming Schedule (revised 12-5-13) OPTION #1 Foals: Every 2 months starting at 1st month of life. Need to use Strongid (Pyrantel Pamoate) at 2Xs the dose against tapeworms, twice per year. Rotate dewormer between Strongid, Anthelcide, and Ivermectin.Continue Reading
Late summer and fall is the time of year to look out for signs of Equine Proliferative Enteritis (EPE), a potentially serious disease. EPE is caused by the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis and usually affects young horses (foals, weanlings and yearlings). While these bacteria infect the small intestines, the most common clinical sign first seen is…Continue Reading
The CDC Public Health Service officer at the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Dr. John Poe, KDH Veterinarian, have reported high levels of blue-green algae/cyanobacteria in some of central Kentucky’s lakes. When these occur, these are referred to as Harmful Algal Blooms or HAB. Today, the first report of a possible human case of…Continue Reading