May 28, 2011 11:31
May 27, 2011 The Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Sk. announced that they are not be taking any neurological EHV cases into their facility. Their decision is based on the fact that the facility would have to be quarantined with each case that was admitted, consequently the WCVM would not be able to service other clients. WCVM veterinarians will provide on farm services to neurological EHV horses. The recommended treatment for neurological EHV is supportive. These supportive treatments can be provided on site at the horse's farm/stable.
Dr. Domoslai confirmed that there were 2 neurological cases in Tisdale, Sask. both whom survived and are out of quarantine, one neurological case in Alberta.
May 26, 2011 17:59
Q: We recently purchased a beautiful, healthy palomino gelding that seems to be hyper sensitive to insect bites on his face. they slightly swell, then crust over and he rubs his face raw, on cheeks, around eye he has rubbed all skin off. My other horses have absolutley no problem, all wormed recently. he is only having issue on his face and it looks awful. he is incredibly itchy. any ideas? thanks so much.
A: There are always a number of horses that are hypersensitive to insect bites. You can reduce exposure to bites by all fly control methods available including fly masks, insecticide, smudge, housing etc. There are a number of anti inflammatory gels that are soothing and effective. If these controls do not help, then consult your veterinarian regarding other prescription anti inflammatory products that are available.
May 21, 2011 08:03
Equine herpes virus is prevalent throughout Saskatchewan where it lies latent in the healthy horse until a stressor precipitates it's shedding. The virus is responsible for frequent outbreaks of respiratory disease in horses under 2 years of age, which likely gets confused with influenza outbreaks. It also is responsible for frequent abortion outbreaks and in the last number of years a myeloencephalopathy has occurred in outbreaks throughout North America. These outbreaks lead to death loss and economic/training loss as the disease has necessitated the quarantine of many racetracks/clinics. The following is a summary of guidelines published by a group of veterinary researchers in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (J Vet Intern Med 2009:23:450-461, D.P. Lunn et al).
-horses greater than 3 years old are generally more susceptible to neurological rhino,
-although vaccination has not been proven to be able to prevent myloencephalitis the similarity between immmune response between the respiratory and the neurological form of the desease means vaccination may be useful to prevent equine herpes myloencephalitis,
-spread of EHV-1 can be reduced by maximizing herd immunity through vaccination,
-spread of EHV-1 can be reduced by isolating affected horses or in contact horses for 28 days after the last clinical case on the premise or for 14 days after the last clinical case if negative nasal swabs for all in contact horses are available,
-EHV-1 can be spread via aerosols and fomites and is highly contagious,
-EHV-1 can cause mild to fatal disease in the same outbreak,
-outbreaks are lengthy and can last for over one month,
.....to be continued
May 18, 2011 20:06
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May 6, 2011 21:07
What: All CPVS clients are invited to a Phizer meeting and supper
When: May 10, 2011
Where: Flying Appaloosa
Pfizer presentation: Vaccination and disease prevention protocols.