Archive | Equine Infections

The Latest on Lyme

There’s no question that Lyme disease, the clinical manifestation of infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, is a topic of great concern to many in the mid-Atlantic region. Folks have good reason to worry about Lyme, as the infection is spreading with the deer ticks that transmit it, and this year is supposed to be a […]

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What’s Wrong With My Horse’s Eye?

Eye problems are more prevalent through the summer and fall. It is important to be aware that any eye problem should be considered serious and addressed in a timely manner. Certain eye conditions can progress quite rapidly (within 24 hours), becoming so serious that the horse will need to have the eye removed or will […]

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Taking a Closer Look: How Blood Tests Can Add to Your Horse’s Exam

There are times when your veterinarian might advise running some “bloodwork” on your horse, but why? What information is gained, and how might it help? The answer depends on the specific tests run. Obviously, there are blood tests to detect the presence of specific viruses and bacteria that cause diseases, but what about the hematology […]

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A New Reason to Hate Ticks on Horses: Equine Anaplasmosis

Equine anaplasmosis (also known as Equine Granulocytic Erlichiosis) is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophila (formerly known as Erlichia equi), also the cause of human granulocytic erlichiosis (HGE). It was first described in horses in California in the 1960’s, but has since been reported in multiple states of the USA and in […]

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Strangles in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

The disease known as strangles in the horse is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi var. equi (S. equi). Horses with strangles usually have a high fever, followed by nasal discharge and enlargement and abscessation of the lymph nodes under the jaw and in the throatlatch region. Affected horses often have a loss of appetite […]

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Equine Lyme Disease

Over one hundred horse owners/ enthusiasts gathered at the Virginia Horse Center on March 19 for dinner and an educational seminar sponsored by Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau and the Virginia Horse Center. We were delighted to see old friends, clients and to get acquainted with new friends from our horse community. […]

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Potomac Horse Fever Information

In response to the recent cases of Potomac Horse Fever in Virginia the veterinarians at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic would like to offer the following advice. If your horse has been vaccinated for PHF after May 1st of this year, boostering at this time is not likely to offer any significant benefit. If your horse was […]

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