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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Worried Should I Be About Ticks?

QUESTION: How concerned should I be about ticks biting my horse? How do I look for ticks on a horse? DR. BILL GILSENAN: With the spring and summer just upon us, it is natural to consider some of the trouble horses might get into as they will be outside more and active more in the […]

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Tick Removal Key To Reducing Disease Transmission

While it’s important to minimize a horse’s exposure to tick habitat by mowing fields and cutting down branches that overhang pastures, it’s also imperative that direct measures are taken to prevent ticks on horses.┬áThe most important of these measures is to inspect horses each day for attached ticks, specifically in the mane and at the […]

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An Elusive Diagnosis: Lyme Disease A Good Impersonator

Though Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose in horses, it should not be ignored as a potential diagnosis when horses show signs of lameness, weakness, lack of appetite or neurologic or behavioral changes. Lyme disease is carried by ticks, but often horse owners are not aware ticks have been on their animals until the […]

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Reducing Risks From Tick-Borne Diseases

In the United States, human cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases have been increasing steadily each year, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are currently tens of thousands of cases reported annually. The United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified Lyme disease and anaplasmosis as the […]

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Study: Accurate Test For Lyme Disease In Horses Remains Elusive

Most horses in the Mid-Atlantic region show evidence of exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The vast majority of those exposed horses do not develop clinical signs of disease. However, a small number of infected horses will develop disease of the nervous system, termed Lyme Neuroborreliosis. Diagnosis of equine Lyme Neuroborreliosis […]

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