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Equine Health Alerts & Product Recalls
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 25, 2015 — GOSHEN, CA — Western Milling announced today that it has voluntarily recalled 50 lb bags of Western Blend horse feed, LOT 5251, manufactured on September 8, 2015. This voluntary recall was initiated by Western Milling after it learned that an ingredient in the feed in question may contain monensin, an ionophore. According to the FDA, clinical signs of ionophore poisoning in horses vary depending on the dosage ingested, but can include poor appetite and feed refusal of the grain product, diarrhea, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, decreased exercise tolerance, depression, wobbly gait, colic, sweating, recumbency, and sudden death. The first clinical signs are often noted from 12 to 72 hours after ingesting a toxic dose and the clinical signs may linger up to about 8 days. Permanent cardiac damage is possible in horses which showed adverse effects, but then recovered.
Trisha Loomis, barn manager at Camelot Farms, leads a horse to the feeding stable on December 30, 2014. Three horses at the St. Helena Island farm have died in recent weeks and another is critically ill. A Michigan State report found that the feed the horses have been eating is contaminated with Monensin. Monensin is a polyether antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces cinnamonensis.
Tristar Equine Marketing, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of Gastrotec down to the consumer level. Gastrotec was previously marketed by Tristar as an OTC drug for use in horses, and contains a combination of Omeprazole and Misoprostol. This recall has been initiated due to information from the FDA that Gastrotec must have an approved new animal drug application to be legally marketed in the United States. Gastrotec is not approved by the FDA. As a consequence, Tristar has ceased all production and sales of Gastrotec and is recalling the product.
Burkmann Feeds is recalling its 50lb bags of Layer Ration 20% Pellets lot # 2090341 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Monensin Sodium, an ionophore that is not approved for use in layer rations. Consumption of Monensin Sodium in chickens may cause sickness, lethargic birds and possible mortality. We have received three reports that this feed has caused sick and lethargic birds and possible mortality.
Lakeland Animal Nutrition has been informed that certain horse feeds manufactured by the company in Lakeland, Florida and distributed within the state of Florida may contain monensin and lasalocid. Serious injury or death can occur in horses consuming feeds containing monensin and/or lasalocid. Three horses reported to have consumed the feed being recalled died and other horses at the same equine facility had significant health reactions, the cause of which is still being determined.
Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) can be detected earlier and more reliably with a new set of guidelines developed by the Equine Endocrinology Group (EEG), a body of leading veterinarians and researchers in the field of equine endocrinology.
USEF has enacted a new rule aimed at stemming potential problems that could arise from the use of drugs or medications. “Falls” are not included under this rule which specifically addresses horses and ponies that collapse and could be in some sort of medical distress.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published comprehensive guidelines for the identification, treatment and prevention of Pigeon Fever (Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection), traditionally among the most common infectious diseases in horses in the western United States. During the last decade, however, disease incidence has increased considerably in other regions, including the Midwest.