“Strangles” is an infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi, subspecies equi. It most often causes infection of the upper respiratory tract in horses, causing fever, nasal discharge, cough, and swelling and draining of the submandibular lymph nodes (located between the two sides of the lower jaw). This form of the disease is usually self-limiting (gets better without medications) and has a high recovery rate. Although it is very uncommon, strangles can also cause infection and abscessation of the lungs, abdomen, and internal organs. This internal form of strangles is known as “bastard strangles” and is much more deadly than the more common form of the disease.

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The Horse Diet – What’s up with Selenium and Vitamin E?

“How do you feed your horse?” Most horse owners when asked about their horse’s diet give one of several answers:

A.) My horse just gets hay/pasture, they are too fat to need grain
B.) My horse get hay/pasture and some grain
C.) My horse gets hay/pasture, grain and a variety of supplements for “added benefit.”

When questioned further on how they determined appropriate quantities of grain, forage (hay or pasture) and the particular supplement, the answers become much more blurry and confusing. In this horse diet discussion we would like to start delving into the world of nutrition by trying to help owners learn more about appropriate feeding and supplementation of selenium and vitamin E. As much as we would like it to be easy and every horse have the same need, this just isn’t correct.

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago for both humans and animals. It involves the stimulation of specific points on the body to promote homeostasis. Traditional medicine has shown that these points are areas rich in free nerve endings, and that stimulation results in the release of neurotransmitters and hormones. Due to these effects, acupuncture is very effective at providing pain relief, and can aid in treating a variety of issues, from nerve paralysis and muscle atrophy to certain chronic eye and respiratory conditions.

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Learn to Recognize the Signs of Laminitis

Every day veterinarians across the country see hundreds of cases of laminitis, a painful disease that affects the feet of horses. Laminitis results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot, which secure the coffin bone to the hoof wall. While the exact mechanisms by which the feet are damaged remain a mystery, certain precipitating events can produce laminitis. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse’s body.

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Farrier Friday

Farrier Fridays Are Back!

Allegheny Equine has started its second season of Farrier Fridays. We started this last year and it is back by popular demand this winter. Once a month in October thru March, the farriers schedule a Friday evening to meet at our clinic. One or two horses, who have foot issues that requires advanced shoeing/trimming, are brought in to participate. Allegheny Equine veterinarians do a lameness evaluation and digital radiographs to gather information on the case. Then the farriers and vets discuss how the horse should be shod. Many options, opinions and ideas are shared. Finally, the horse gets the necessary shoeing/trimming to best resolve the problem.

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Chilly Chilly Winter

Winter is here! As we prepare our homes and ourselves the question always arises as how to care for our horses during this season. Most horses can happily live outside all winter long if they are appropriately prepared. A multitude of factors come into consideration when deciding how to winter your horse.

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Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE)

Neurologic Horses in New York State Confirmed to Have Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE)

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, or EEE, has been gaining attention due to recently confirmed cases in New York State. Horses affected by EEE have presented with neurologic signs, including but not limited to blindness, incoordination, trouble standing or walking, aggression, head-pressing, and difficulty eating. These horses often demonstrated fever and depression as well. In some cases, a horse may show no obvious signs of illness until fulminant disease develops, resulting in death. The vast majority of EEE-infected horses do not survive.

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