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American Association of Equine Practitioners: Vaccination Guidelines

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These guidelines are intended to be a reference for veterinarians who utilize vaccines in their respective practices. They are neither regulations nor directives and should not be interpreted as such. It is the responsibility of attending veterinarians, through an appropriate veterinarian-client-patient relationship, to utilize relevant information coupled with product availability to determine optimal health care programs for their patients.

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Equine Disease Communication Center: Disease Outbreak Alerts

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This link is used to list all current outbreaks or diseases with the potential to affect populations of horses. It is designed to communicate information to all segments of the horse industry e.g. from the horse owner to the regulatory authorities and make everyone aware of disease outbreak status. The United States Equestrian Federation is dedicated to the promotion of equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

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Emergency Horse Care Poster

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BEFORE YOU CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN: Assess your horse’s condition to the best of your abilities. This information will help the veterinarian determine the severity of the condition and be better prepared to provide prompt and efficient treatment upon arrival. When

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Silicosis in Horses

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In the scenic foothills of the Central coast of California, there lurks a quiet problem that can lead to severe disease in our horses. Commonly known as ‘chalk rock’, this dusty rock form can cause an irreversible lung condition known as silicosis.

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Pigeon Fever

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“Pigeon Fever” is a disease about which horse owners in Central California should be aware. Pigeon fever is caused by a gram positive bacterium called Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis. This bacterium is found in the soil and is thought to be transmitted to horses by flies feeding on abrasions or small wounds already present in the skin.

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Equine Strangles

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Strangles is considered one of the three most significant respiratory diseases of horses. Because it is so highly contagious, and horses are a very mobile population, achieving prevention and control can be difficult. It is important to be aware of the typical clinical signs and discuss vaccination of horses at risk with your veterinarian.

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“Doc, My Horse Has A Big Swollen Chest…”

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Pigeon Fever, also known as Dryland Distemper, is a bacterial disease caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. The disease is endemic in California, but has now also made its way through most of the western states. The disease is most commonly seen in the fall, but don’t let your guard down, as it can occur at any time during the year.

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Tissue, Please! Basic Types of Nasal Discharge

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Nasal discharge can vary in significance, from being innocuous to being indicative of a serious problem. It is important to have an understanding about which types of nasal discharge signify a problem worthy of an immediate call to your veterinarian, and how best to describe the discharge to your veterinarian.

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