September 24, 2012 06:15
Friday night, September 21, 2012 a 20 year horse in the Pike Lake area was chased by dogs, where in a complete lather it ploughed down an embankment and smashed its shoulder. When the owner arrived the friendly acreage dogs were taking turns biting the down horse. When I got there the horse was in severe distress. The horse was euthanized and police called to lay charges against the owners of the dogs.
September 11, 2012 14:36
NOTICE: West Nile Virus in horses - update
To Sept. 7, there have been six (6) horses in Saskatchewan confirmed to have West Nile Virus. All six horses have been euthanized due to the severity of their neurological symptoms. These cases have occurred in the RM 370 (Humboldt), RM 65 (Tecumseh), RM 121 (Moosomin), RM 137 (Swift Current), RM 38 (Laurier) and RM 395 (Porcupine), although this last case had recent travel history to the United States and likely contracted the virus there.
It is important to note that while listlessness and depression are often seen in cases of WNV in horses, in at least two of the cases reported here the horses remained bright and alert but remained recumbent due to severe neurological deficits.
Average daily temperatures have remained warm and above normal into the end of August and beginning of September. Though the season for the Culex tarsalis mosquito is almost over, horse owners and veterinarians should continue to watch for potential cases of West Nile Virus for the next few weeks.
Wendy Wilkins, DVM PhD
Disease Surveillance Veterinarian
Animal Health Unit
Ministry of Agriculture
3085 Albert St
(306) 798-0253 (wk)