Monday, September 19, 2011

Horse dewormers and dogs - a bad combination

Common dewormers, particularly ivermectin (Eqvalan,Zimectrin) and moxidectin (Quest, Quest Plus) are toxic to dogs and cats in surprisingly small quantities. Symptoms include blindness, unsteadiness, inability to walk , and even death. There is no specific antidote but most will recover with supportive care. The active drugs in both are used in these species therapeutically but at much smaller doses than are in even a drop of dewormer. Collies and collie type dogs such as Aussies are even more susceptible. Do not allow dogs to eat horse dewormer that has been spit out during attempted administration, do not leave unopened packages where a curious puppy could chew on them, and dispose of the used dose syringes in a secure manner.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Equine Veterinary Exhibition at NIH

A rainy day project:

NLM announces new exhibition on the history of horse veterinary medicine

From July 11 through October 7, the National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is hosting a new exhibition, "From Craft to Profession: The Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian," in the NLM History of Medicine Reading Room, Building 38, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. This exhibition showcases original illustrated manuscripts and early printed books from the Library's collections featuring the care and treatment of horses over the past five centuries.

AAEP White Paper on Wild Horses

While this will not satisfy people interested in alternatives to capture, it is a comprehensive look at the present methods of capture and subsequent treatment of wild horses and burros. It is worth noting that with the downturn in the economy, the adoption of wild horses has dropped and many are being maintained in a semi wild state for their lifetime.

Infectious Disease Update

Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been reported in Wisconsin and North Carolina. A case of West Nile Encephalitis has been reported in California. These are sporadic outbreaks which do not spread from horse to horse and will probably always be with us. Vaccination is protective.

Forty horses on an Arkansas farm died or were euthanized due Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The disease is rare but if a positive case is on a farm unnoticed the results can be devastating.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Open House

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (AGNR) Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 10:00 am. – 3:00 p.m., at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center – Clarksville Facility, 4240 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, in Howard County, Maryland.  It’s FREE and open to the 
public – rain or shine.

Prepare for a day of fun and learning for the whole family – regardless of age! Interactive and educational displays will show the wide array of programs AGNR has to offer. From formal instruction in the classroom to informal instruction in the community, and from research in the field to the laboratory, attendees will find the College is so much more than traditional agriculture.

See the horses (our Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration Site is located here!), cows, chicks, and the wide variety of programs for 4-H youth...make gummy bears...take a hay wagon farm  tour...visit displays and exhibits on everything from food safety to environmental research...participate in numerous hands-on activities...get a glimpse of what our students are with an AGNR representative...and get your plant questions answered by a Master Gardener!

Passports are the way to go when there is so much for kids to see and do - get all of the stations punched on the passport and get a prize. Learning has never been so much fun!

Visit WWW.AGNROPENHOUSE.UMD.EDU or call 301-596-9330 for more information.

Please forward this to your family, friends, and community groups. It's a great way to give them insight into what we do and how all the components in the College work together to serve the citizens of Maryland and beyond!