Anthrax in livestock and horses is described. Topics discussed include: A brief history of the disease, persistance of spores in soil, clinical signs, what to do if anthrax suspected, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control.
Well in advance of a potential disaster, producers should evaluate their herd health programs with their veterinarian. Horses that undergo evacuation either before or after a disaster will be stressed and are likely to be commingled with other horses and livestock. (PDF Format Only)
One possible cause of equine epistaxis, or nosebleed, is a growth known as an ethmoid hematoma. An ethmoid hematoma is a benign, well-encapsulated mass that can originate from the ethmoid turbinates, or occasionally from the paranasal sinuses.
Cattle, goats, horses, pigs and sheep surviving Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita are vulnerable to several diseases, including infectious diseases and toxicities, according to a veterinarian with the LSU AgCenter.
The soft palate and epiglottis are important structures during inhalation, and they form a tight seal when the horse is breathing to seal off the nasal cavity from the oral cavity. This article describes dorsal displacement of the soft palate in horses and how this issue may be corrected.
Horse diseases are normally divided into three general areas, depending on the site of their specificdamage. They are general body diseases, respiratory diseases and reproductive diseases.
Update and resources on the recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1).
Pigeon fever is the common term for an infection caused by the bacterial organism Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. C. pseudotuberculosis bacteria tend to localize and form abscesses in the pectoral region and ventral abdomen of the horse.
Gastric ulcer disease is common in foals and horses and the term Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) has been used to describe this disease because of its many causes and complicated nature.
Owner information regarding the causes, prevention, and treatment of equine strangles.
Owner information on the causes, tranmission, prevention and treament of Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA).
General recommendations to follow when developing a feeding program for horses.
If you own, ride or handle horses, it is likely that at some point your horse will experience an injury, illness or disease. Some of these incidences will be minor and will not require veterinary attention. However, for those serious events, there is a language that is important to understand and will help you effectively communicate with your veterinarian. This article is intended to help you understand Equine Vitals.
Flies are the most important insect pests of horses. Among this large, diverse group of insects, the pests of horses include bloodsucking or biting flies, filth or irritation flies, mosquitoes and bot flies. The description, biology, economic/health significance and control are included. (PDF Format Only)
This article discusses the common parasites of horses and ways to control them.
Images of major poisonous plants are presented to assist livestock owners with plant recognition. Toxic effects are also mentioned.
Blister beetles are ¾- to 1¼-inch-long, narrow-bodied, broad-headed insects that may be found in alfalfa hay originating from certain parts of the United States. One beetle alone won't caust toxicity, but they can gather in large numbers in concentrated clusters of harvested hay.
Showy crotalaria is a significant toxic plant in Louisiana. It contains alkaloids that cause liver damage in horses and livestock. The seeds may remain viable in undisturbed soil for 60 years or longer.
The horse industry is alive and well in Louisiana. Purses for racing Thoroughbreds and quarter horses are high, and quality show horses are found in nearly every barn. Knowledge of horse owners and their ability to care for their animals is also increasing. Neurologic diseases and how to best prevent them continue to present challenges to our horses as well as their humans.