Equine Lyme Disease

Over one hundred horse owners/ enthusiasts gathered at the Virginia Horse Center on March 19 for dinner and an educational seminar sponsored by Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau and the Virginia Horse Center. We were delighted to see old friends, clients and to get acquainted with new friends from our horse community. […]

Potomac Horse Fever Information

Why Do Horses Tie Up?

There are many names for “it”: azoturia, set fast, paralytic myoglobinuria, and chronic exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER), but most of us know “it” as tying up. It is a common muscle problem in horses with multiple causes. The most common syndromes include Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM), Recurrent Exercise Rhabdomyolysis (RER), vitamin/mineral deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, exhaustive exercise, […]

Equine Enteric Coronavirus – A Newly Emerging Disease Of Horses

Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided current information on Equine Enteric Coronavirus, a newly emerging disease most often found in the Northeast during colder seasons.  Good information to keep in mind as you monitor your horse’s health this winter. As always, please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns about […]

Would You Recognize Botulism If You Saw It?

Most of us have probably heard that your horse should have a botulism vaccine if you feed round bales, but if you’re like me, you may have never actually seen or known a horse with the disease.  Just recently, we did have a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of botulism and we hope it will be […]

Overview Of PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease)

Thank you to Boehringer-Ingelheim for this Update on PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease) for Horse Owners   FIRST, WHAT IS PPID? Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), also known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, is the most common endocrine disorder in horses. An estimated 21% of horses and ponies over the age of 15 are affected by this […]

Potomac Horse Fever Information

  In response to the recent cases of Potomac Horse Fever in Virginia the veterinarians at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic would like to offer the following advice. If your horse has been vaccinated for PHF after May 1st of this year, boostering at this time is not likely to offer any significant benefit. If your horse […]

Potomac Horse Fever – Can You Limit Your Horse’s Exposure?

Potomac Horse Fever or PHF is a rickettsial disease caused by the organism Neorickettsia risticii.  There have been about 10 confirmed cases of the disease between Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley this spring. The disease is often (but not always) seen in horses that live near water because part of the life cycle of the […]

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Reminder To Vaccinate Your Pets Against Rabies

On 6/21/2013, a case of rabies was reported in a fox in Midlothian, Virginia. Among wild animals, the disease is most often reported in skunks and raccoons but is also found in bats and foxes, and usually is transmitted from the saliva of an infected animal into a bite wound. Every case of rabies presents […]

Does My Horse Need A Botulism Vaccine If I Feed Round Bales?

The convenience of round-baled hay has prompted many horse owners to use these in pastures, especially in the winter.  Owners should be careful to select round bales that have been stored inside, are of good quality grass hay, and are not excessively dusty or moldy.  All round bales will have increased dust over well-made square bales.  […]