All posts in Specific Equine Diseases

Those Strange Sarcoids

Sarcoid is the most common cancer of horses. I suppose I should say on horses, because sarcoids are skin tumors. They can grow to be very large, but they don’t spread to internal organs. Although common, I don’t think I’ve ever been called out specifically just to look at one.…

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Reflections on Lyme Disease

The headline on the first page of the March 30, 2014 Lewiston Maine Sun Journal shouted “TICKED OFF”. What followed was a full 3 page article about Lyme disease in people. I knew that we had a severe problem here in New England, but was unaware that New Hampshire has…

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Let it be, Let it be

The virus known as papilloma affects just about every species of animal. It usually causes skin eruptions, and in people 100 different subtypes of the virus have been identified. In young women one type causes genital warts which usually disappear in time. Another type of the virus can cause the…

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Slobbers

It was midafternoon on an early spring day. I was scheduled for spring shots at Charlotte’s barn. I gave her a call when I was 30 minutes out, so that she would have time to get the horses in. As my technician Erin backed our truck up to the barn…

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The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall from the paddock. Invariably Shiloh stands at the stall door facing out at the world. His buddy Shamus is stretched…

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Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been Julie’s vet over 15 years, but I didn’t recognize her voice right off.  She was panicked. “Dr J!   You know…

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Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   What we know about strangles today is pretty much what has been known for decades.   Strangles is caused by the…

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Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with an alligator named Albert and an owl whose name I forget. Pogo the opossum was cute and clever. One of…

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Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that have contact with many other horses or are in stressful situations, such as show barns or at the track.In recent…

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Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. I am astounded by the number of ticks this year. They are on me, my dog Brook, and on the…

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