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Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak!

Vesicular Stomatitis, or VS, is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle. It may occasionally affect other hooved animals, such as pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas. Rarely, humans handling affected animals can experience flu-like symptoms. Although rarely fatal, VS can have a personal and economic impact on livestock owners. I decided to …

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Polyneuritis equi or EPM?

This is the fourth installment of a blog series discussing neurological disorders in horses. Part One discussed Sarcosystosis, which is an infection with the protozoa Sarcocystis neurona. The protozoa most often associated with Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM is S. neurona. In Part Two, I shared the expertise of Siobhan P. Ellison, DVM PhD. Dr. Ellison believes inflammation …

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EPM Facts

EPM is a confusing and (apparently) prevalent disease affecting horses. This is the third installment of this series. Part One discusses infection with Sarcocystis neurona, the main protozoan implicated in EPM. Next, Part Two provides an overview of what causes the symptoms of EPM. This post will provide some critical bullet points to understand and …

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EPM Part Two–What Causes the Symptoms?

In Part One of this series, I discussed the fact that opossums carry the protozoa Sarcocystis neurona that is the primary causative agent of Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. Additionally, I briefly described the lifecycle of the parasite and discussed the symptoms of Sarcocystosis or infection with Sarcocystis. Frustrated horse owners responded to the blog, leaving numerous …

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Euthanasia, A Vet’s Perspective (Part Four)

This is the fourth and last in a series discussing euthanasia. The first three installments focused on medical reasons that might result in a decision to euthanize a pet. In this blog, I will discuss behavioral reasons that might prompt this most difficult of decisions. Once before, I addressed the issue of human safety vs. animal rights. …

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