Lexington, Ky. — Every horse needs an annual dental exam, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) says. It hopes to spread that message through a dental-health campaign designed to reach horse owners throughout 2008.
Septicemia, defined as the systemic reaction caused by the presence of microorganisms or their toxins in the blood, often is cited as the most common reason for illness and death in the neonatal period.
This lecture will focus on common diseases of older horses including dental disease/weight loss (and other complications of poor dentition), recurrent airway obstruction, lameness and common neoplasms of older horses.
Diarrhea in young foals (< 1 month): 1) rotavirus; 2) Clostridial (difficile and perfringens); 3) Salmonella; 4) parasites (Strongyloides westeri); 5) cornavirus and 5) Cryptosporidium. Of these rotavirus, Clostridial spp. and Salmonella are the most common.