Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for TheHorse.com .

Articles by: Chad Mendell

Respiratory Viruses Detected at Shows, Sales

In a survey of horses arriving at several different show and sale facilities, researchers found that as many as 4% of the population were shedding equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) from nasal passages, and as many as 2% were shedding equine

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Are Mares a Source of For Their Foals?

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm’s foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned i

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Are Mares a Source of R. Equi For Their Foals?

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm’s foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned if R. equi in the mare’s feces was a source of infection for her foal. Information from this study was presented at the 2006 AAEP Convention.

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Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on

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In-House ELISA Test For Borrelia burgdorferi

Current tests for Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete (a spiral-shaped bacterium) that causes Lyme disease in people, horses, dogs, cats, and cows, often take several days to complete and can sometimes lack definitive answers for owners and veterinarians. Researchers looking to find a reliable in-house test for B. burgdorferi evaluated a SNAP ELISA (enzyme-linked

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In-House ELISA Test For

Current tests for Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete (a spiral-shaped bacterium) that causes Lyme disease in people, horses, dogs, cats, and cows, often take several days to complete and can sometimes lack definitive answers fo

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AAEP 2006: Western Performance Horse Forum

The Western performance horse industry is growing at an astonishing rate, and along with that growth, there are unique health issues that need to be addressed. For that reason, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held a forum

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Flu: Interspecies Transmission

In 2004 researchers identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain (H3N8) that was closely related to an equine flu strain. Essentially that meant the virus had jumped from horses to dogs, and the scientists said it was “a very rar

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Gallium to Control Foal Pneumonia

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal’s body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a

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Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

Researchers at Texas A&;M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a means to disrupt R. equi‘s replication process.

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Corneal Infection Treatment

Silver sulfadiazine (a topical drug frequently used to treat burns) could be an effective treatment against common corneal fungal infections, according to researchers at Purdue University.

Fungal keratitis is a serious, painful corneal

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Researchers Test WNV Vaccines

In a recent study, University of Florida researchers evaluated the effectiveness of three commercially available equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccines. While all vaccinated horses, irrespective of the vaccine administered, did not develop viremi

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Septicemia: Early Detection Is Important

A recently published study could help veterinarians predict the causative agents of a deadly bloodstream infection (septicemia) common in newborn foals by characterizing clinical signs associated with different types of bacteria.

“Infection

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A Joint Barometer

A protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) could help veterinarians assess the condition of a joint before it becomes severe, according to Danish researchers. Joint disease is a major source of lameness in performance horses, and researchers are

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Nutrition For Critically Ill Foals

A major challenge in veterinary hospitals is providing nutrients to critically ill foals that are weak or unable to nurse. In these situations, parenteral nutrition (PN) is provided via an IV catheter. In a recent study researchers found that

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Oral Joint Supplements

A shortened stride, a slight hesitation before a jump, or stiffness during warm-up–none of these issues are severe enough to send you scrambling to call your veterinarian. However, these joint-related issues can cause some concern–enough concern

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