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Welcome to the AAEP's Horse Health article search engine. Each of the articles available in this section have been written by AAEP member veterinarians. To use the search, you can either put a keyword in the box that says "Search" or you if you are looking for a specific topic, you may select a topic from the drop-down box under the search box and all articles on that subject will be brought up. 

Equine Botulism

Written by Dr. Tom Lenz on behalf of AQHA  Few horse owners are aware of this disease which is a progressive, paralyzing disease that is 80-100%...

Equine Behavior Through Time

Written By Dr. Sid GustafsonHorses began their journey through time 60 million years ago. Three million years ago the footsteps of humans were fossilized...

Understanding Anhidrosis

Anhidrosis, a compromised ability to sweat, in the face of exercise or high ambient temperatures is a potentially dangerous condition for horses. Working...

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Equine chiropractic care is a rapidly emerging filed among veterinarians due to increasing demand from horse owners for alternative therapies. It is an art of...

Understanding Coronavirus

Linda Mittel, MSPH, DVM and Erin Goodrich, DVM For years, veterinarians have recognized equine coronavirus (ECoV) as a cause of intestinal disease in...

Summer Sores

Written by Dr. Tom Lenz on behalf of AQHA One condition that many people do not associate with flies is habronemiasis, also called summer sores, granular...

Grass Founder

Written By Tom Lenz, DVM, MS Spring might be the best time of the year, but if we have horses that are prone to developing grass founder, this season may be...

Obesity

Written by Dr. Tom Lenz on behalf of AQHAFat horses are at greater risk for exercise intolerance, founder, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, the...

Preventing Shipping Fever

By: Joan Norton VMD, DACVIMShipping fever is a well-described pulmonary disorder appearing in animals shipped long distances. If left untreated, cases of...

Breeding With Frozen Semen

The benefits of using frozen semen when breeding a mare are numerous. Cryopreservation (freezing) allows long-term sperm storage, which in turn allows a...

Winter Water Consumption

We all know that colic is the number one non-infectious health risk for horses. There are several types of colic but the one we see the most in winter is...

Bran Mash

During these cold, dreary days of winter a common discussion around most barns and stables is whether or not horse owners should provide their horses with a...

Cold Weather Care

The good news is that horses are inherently well equipped to handle practically anything that winter can dish out as long as they have a way to get out of the...

Weaning Your Foal

Written by Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACTWeaning is usually done somewhere between 4 and 7 months of age, although some ranches leave their foals on the mares a bit...

West Nile Virus

Controlling the risk to your horseHow It BeganFirst isolated in Uganda in 1937, West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus that is transmitted principally by various...

West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines

West Nile Virus - Jan 10th, 05Information Updated March 2012  Developed by the American Association of Equine PractitionersThis information is...

10 Tips for Reducing Your Horse's West Nile Risk

West Nile Virus - Sep 2nd, 03Updated February 2012 Since first being recognized in the United States in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has posed a serious...

Working with Your Veterinarian

By Ben Espy, DVM, DACTKeep your own records. Whether you are trying to schedule routine work or an emergency visit, your veterinarian relies on you to be all...

Back to School

Veterinarian-Client Relations - Jun 18th, 02For most of us, our formal education might have ended upon graduation from high school or college. With our trusty...

Who Owns Radiographs?

By Norman W. Rantanen, DVMVeterinarian-Client Relations - Jun 18th, 02My vet took some X rays of my horse's legs. I paid the bill in full, but when I asked for...

When Should I Call the Vet?

A good rule of thumb is this: if a child were exhibiting the same symptoms as your horse, would you call the...

Causes & Symptoms of Vesicular Stomatitis

By Dana N. Zimmel, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ABVP (Equine Practice)Vesicular Stomatitic (VS) is a viral disease that occurs in the Southwest commonly affecting...

Vesicular Stomatitis In Horses

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) is a contagious disease that afflicts horses, livestock, wildlife and even humans. The disease is caused by a virus, which although...

Rabies Has Many Faces

By Ann E. Dwyer, DVMVaccination - Mar 10th, 10Rabies. The word conjures up chilling images from old movies: a snarling dog, foaming at the mouth, attacking...

Tips for Controlling Infection in Your Horses

By Josie L. Traub-Dargatz DVM, MSVaccination - Aug 15th, 07When you ask most horse owners about controlling infection in their horses they say “Oh you...

Vaccination Indications

By Robert Holland, DVM, Ph.D.Vaccination - Jun 6th, 05The world is getting smaller every day. People and horses travel across the country and around the planet...

West Nile Virus Vaccination Guidelines

Vaccination - Jan 3rd, 05Information Updated March 2012   Developed by the American Association of Equine PractitionersThis information is...

Equine Welfare

Unwanted Horse - Feb 3rd, 09 An AAEP Brochure According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), animal welfare is a human...

The Unwanted Horse in the U.S.

By Tom Lenz, DVM, MSUnwanted Horse - Jul 29th, 08Presented during the AAEP Summer Healthy Horses Workshop in Austin, Texas.The issue of the large number of...

Your Good Works for Horses Start Here

Unwanted Horse - Apr 2nd, 12A guide to finding volunteer opportunities in your equine community by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.You...