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Myth Bustin'

We will be posting a new series of common myths in horse keeping.  Today's topic is the proud cut gelding.  Geldings that retain stallion-like behavior after castration are often referred to as 'proud cut.' This means that the veterinarian left part of the epididymis (a reproductive structure adjacent to the testicle) and the concern is that this tissue continues to produce testosterone and the associated hormonally driven behaviors.
   In fact, the epididymus is not responsible for testosterone production so even if some tissue remains, it would not be responsible for the behavior.  The more likely scenario is that the gelding has learned behaviors. It is also possible to have 'cryptorchid' stallions where a testicle retained in the abdomen is still producing testosterone.  It is not considered the veterinary standard of care to remove just one testicle so it would be rare to find such a stallion.  

Is Your Horse Sweating Well?

         Anhidrosis is a complete or incomplete ability of a horse to sweat.  In severe cases, the horse may become so overheated that it is at risk to develop heatstroke.  For most of our clients, anhidrosis is performance limiting and limits the times of day and amount of time a horse can be exercised.  s sweating ability.  Anhidrosis can develop suddenly, and may or may not recur from year to year.  Dr. Vivrette suspects that an occurrence of overwork in hot weather (when the horse is not used to this type of work) may serve as a trigger for anhidrosis.

Dr. Moding's Volunteer Trip

   I wanted to use our blog to tell all of our Triangle Equine clients about my volunteer trip to Nicaragua.  Next to Haiti, Nicaragua is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  Most people there do not have the proper resources to care for their dogs, cats, and horses. My trip was a combination of equine work as well as spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats.  I wanted to write about some of the cases that we saw and the type of work being done to improve the situation for these equines.

West Nile Virus is Here

Did you hear?
The first cases of West Nile in horses have been reported this year. Horses in Texas and Ohio have tested positive for the disease, which is a threat to horses nationwide.¹ And 14 cases of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis already have been reported this year, with new cases popping up regularly.²

Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against West Nile and other encephalitic or mosquito-borne diseases, such as Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) and Western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE).

Preventive Health Care for Horses

Disease Control Strategies
Control of disease in your horse requires a combination ofgood management, proper vaccination schemes,and agood working relationship with your veterinarian.There are three factors that impact the development of a preventative health care program: horse factors, location factors, and owner factors.

  1. Horse factors: number/population density, age, type and use of horses, and value of horses.
  2. Location factors: facilities, climate, endemic disease, and population fluxes.
  3. Owner factors: cost of prevention vs.

Rain Rot in Horses

While spending as much time as possible at pasture can be good mentally for your horse, if you live in an area with wet or very humid conditions, your horse might be at risk of contracting a bacterial skin disease commonly known as "rain rot."

Ann Swinker, PhD, an extension horse specialist at Penn State University, explains what the infection looks like, how to treat infected horses, and ways to prevent horses from getting or spreading the infection.

Cause:"Rain rot or rain scald (also known as dermatophilosis) is caused by bacterial infection, and it often is mistaken for a fungal disease," Swinker says.

Please make sure your horse is protected!

   A South Carolina foal tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) last week, marking that state's first case of 2013.
    In a June 28 statement, Boyd Parr, DVM, South Carolina state veterinarian and director of the Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, announced that a foal from Sumter County (located in central South Carolina) that died recently tested positive for the disease. Two adult horses that died at the same farm around the same time are suspected of also having EEE, the statement indicated.

Now offering microchips!

Office Manager Samantha here! Just wanted to take this time to let you know that we are now offering microchipping for horses! Safe and inexpensive, microchips are also now required for horses competing at FEI levels. Even if you're not an FEI-level rider, a microchip can be definitive proof of ownership should the question ever arise. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Weight Watchers - Getting Serious about Slimming Down

While most of us humans tend to pack on the pounds in the winter, the spring and summer are prime time for our horses to fatten up. While it is important to have a decent weight going into winter, many of our horses here in North Carolina are overweight.    

Many of us (myself included) are guilty of thinking of our horses as “fat and happy” but the more appropriate saying is “fat and at risk.”  Overweight horses have a shortened lifespan and are at risk for a multitude of health problems.

Spring Show Tip

Don’t forget that the number one risk factor for gastric ulcers in horses is a change in stabling.  If you are traveling to a show, using an gastric protectant is recommended.  GastroGard® and Ulcergard® contain Omeprazole, which is extremely effective for treating and preventing ulcers.  Compounded versions of Omeprazole have been tested and many contained only 20% of the Omeprazole necessary so using brand-name Omeprazole is strongly recommended.  he only downside of Omeprazole is that it takes 3 days to take full efficacy. Ranitidine is a faster-acting ulcer prevention but may be slightly less effective than Omeprazole. For most horses, using Ranitidine during travel should be enough to prevent ulcers caused by change in stabling.