July 18, 2012 16:44
Question: Hi Dr. Harvey, greetings from Whitewood. I have a 17 yr old Clyde mare who has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder of her eyes (moon blindness) . They are often cloudy and there is irritation and discharge; she seems to be somewhat light-sensitive and they are getting cloudier for more of the time. She seems to drive fine with another horse but is hesitant and hyper-alert in new circumstances so her eyesight is failing. Is there anything I can do to ease her discomfort?
Answer: Thanks for the query Janet, nice to hear from my hometown! You can ease your mare's discomfort by applying an anti-inflammatory medication topically, provide shade as the eyes become very light sensitive and get her a fly mask. Be proactive with her management Janet! -Dr. D.
June 29, 2012 07:15
Question: Hi, I have a 4 year old warmblood cross who has been coughing for 11 days now. I had my vet out on day 7 and he checked him over, temperature was normal, clear lungs, heart rate just a little high. He thought that it is probably a sore throat. Said the cough was non productive. There is only a little nasal discharge. He gave him an immune booster shot. the horse is still coughing. Recently I heard of a horse at my friends stable being put down because it had black fungus in is thoatjQuery152035582498520400896_1340975752383? What are the symptoms of that? Could that be what my horse has? do you have any suggestions for my horse. Thank you Danette
Answer: Hi Danette. Black fungus would be likely a little more apparent and the vet would have picked up on it. I’d say your on the right track to just monitor him and if it doesn’t get better in a few days have him rechecked. It’s not uncommon for a horse to pick up a virus that stays in there system for a few weeks or more and give a constant non-productive cough without any other signs. If your horse fevers or goes off feed or your really worried don’t hesitate to take him back to your vet for a recheck.
June 12, 2012 20:17
CPVS recently tested 2 horses at the request of their owners for Swamp Fever. The horses were from distinctly separate premises, both were displaying suspect symptoms/behaviour. Both horses tested NEGATIVE for swamp fever. We are pursuing other avenues of investigation at this time.
CPVS would like to thank these owners for being proactive in the management of their herds.
Dr. Harvey Domoslai, DVM
March 13, 2012 06:33
March 13, 2012
"In the news at CPVS" with Dr. Domoslai.
We had a horse become progressively recumbent and euthanized her last week.
Tests are pending but differentials now are 1. Injury, 2. Neurological Herpes, or 3. Rabies.
Stay tuned for updates.
March 14, 2012
"In the news at CPVS" Dr. Domoslai, DVM euthanized a horse in the Saskatoon and district area last week.
Injury and rabies have been ruled out as causes for the horse becoming progressively recumbent.
EHV-1 neurological herpeshas not been positively identified at this time, however the case is being investigated.
The farm is currently under quarantine.
March 15, 2012
The farm is located in the Borden, Saskatchewan area.
March 6, 2012 19:48
Q: When should horse owners administer their west nile vaccine?
A: The vaccine will be west nile plus ewt combo vaccine not just west nile virus. Best to give mid May to end of July because west nile is usually an August and September disease.
Boosting will give highest immunity in first 3 to 4 months afterwards even though protective for a whole year.
If you have a pregnant mare vaccinate one month before foaling.
If you have a foal of a vaccinated mare start a series of 3 vaccinations once a month at 3 months.
If the mare was not vaccinated prior to foaling, start at 5 months which may mean for some it is November by the time foal is 5 months, which is after mosquito season. Those foals can be started on their series the following April so
April-May-June. Dr Lisa Wayman DVM.
March 2, 2012 07:07
I have had a number of calls lately about horses on a regular, consistent deworming program actually passing worms.
Normally we would have a significant snow pack covering the ground, preventing
the horses from picking up parasite eggs. Horses that are exposed to grassy
pasture are coming in contact with more eggs than normal.
The solution is to give an additional wormer now, followed by the normal wormer in April/May.
March 1, 2012 11:11
That time of year everyone, lice.
Lice can be present in cold weather but are not as active as when it begins to warm.
Prime lice target areas are the mane and tailhead. Look at the base of the hairshaft for nits. Sucking lice will be attached to the skin. Chewing or biting lice will be frolicing about.
Treatment is to use one of the ivermectin product for the biting lice. Crawling lice require a powered product or a spray on product.
February 17, 2012 10:44
Question: A clients horse windsucks really bad, it will stop several times while it is feeding and eating hay to windsuck on anything it can get hold of. I've heard that past cases have been found to have ulcers and have been treated accordingly and although it doesn't always cure the "habit" it has had some success. Would trying it on cemetadine for a month be worthwhile? It wears a miracle collar but this has done nothing to deter it in the slightest. To say it windsucks constantly throughout the day its body condition is pretty good and so far it hasnt suffered any related health issues associated with the typical windsucker. Would appreciate your suggestions/advice. Thanks
Answer: Thanks for your question Karen. This vice really creates only occasional gas colic as opposed to ulcers. Cribbing (windsucking is something different)is a habit that releases endorphins in the brain so affected horses are really addicted. That is why it is considered a vice. If he is eating enough to maintain condition and the collar doesn't stop him then there isn't much to be done. You can run electric wire on all rails of his paddock, but if persistent he will crib on posts. The behaviour is a stress reliever so perhaps pasture is an option, if the cribbing is prevented he may show stress in other ways. » Dr. Lisa Wayman
February 16, 2012 19:32
The following interesting case was a one month old foal who developed a baseball size painful swelling in his neck.
The swelling never reduced after treatments with antibiotics and antiinflamatories so we surgically removed it and found a deep seated bursitis extending from his vertebral process.
He is doing well now.
March 1 2012 I am very pleased with this foal's progress after the surgery, no mobility loss, minimal scars.
See photos below
Photo credit Dr. Domoslai
February 15, 2012 10:34
Question: Having the same problem with this horse. Keeps opening the wound on the front of his leg. Thanks very much to Dory for the Bitter Apple, however, did not work. Any ideas? Was wondering about a powder of some kind that will get into his nostrils and deter him. He really is not chewing it so much as rubbing it open with his nose. He is out with the other horses now and his leg seems to be working very well. The tendon, as you said, has scarred down and he is pretty well sound on the leg. Roxanna
Answer: Sometimes preparation H helps a lot with the itching of a wound. Is it on front of hock (hind leg) or front of carpus (front leg)? Wounds that were on front of these joints have high movement and minimal extra skin to close fully so the horse ends up with an epithelialized mature scar. These have little structural strength and frequently reopen or crack and ooze permanently. Dr. Wayman DVM
Answer: Thanks for your question Roxanna. I agree with Dr. Wayman, these wounds are difficult to heal properly because of the leg structure. An option is to reopen the wound, take it down to the granulation bed, debride and freshen skin edges. Dr. Domoslai DVM