August 22, 2011
Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis is one of the most-devastating horse diseases.
According to a 1998 National Animal Health Monitoring Systems study, 60 percent of horse owners were not familiar with EPM and fewer than 10 percent felt knowledgeable about this disease that attacks a horse’s central nervous system.
Don’t let yourself become part of these statistics. Download your FREE copy of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal’s EPM report to educate yourself and get up to date on EPM for the safety of your horses.
This report will inform you of the following important areas of this disease:
- How EPM is passed
- Maturation cycle of EPM
- How EPM effects your horse
- Symptoms of EPM
- How to test for EPM
- Treatment of EPM
More importantly, the Racing Journal’s EPM report will give you methods to prevent the disease from ever affecting your horse through proper prevention methods. The most important prevention method comes from good horse keeping practices, such as feed storage and management systems. Also, learn about the progress on the S. neurona vaccine available from Fort Dodge.
Dr. Kenton Morgan with Bayer Health gives his knowledgeable insight gained through his experience with the disease.
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“Every presentation is a little different.” Morgan said. “It can vary from a horse that’s just not doing right, so to speak, to one that’s got profound neurological disease that is stumbling all around and can hardly right itself.”
Symptoms range from mild to severe and can vary from stiffness, incoordination to paralysis of the face, plus many more.
“I’ve had people report that they noticed when the horse whinnied, it sounded different,” Morgan said about a suspected case of a horse with EPM.
Be a responsible horse owner and train yourself to practice proper prevention and detection methods. It could save your horse’s life, especially if you live where opossums are common. Opossums are the definitive host for the parasite during its protozoa stage. Other intermediate hosts include cats, raccoons, skunks and armadillos. Learn how to take proper precaution from this report if these animals are common in your area as well.
This EPM report will also inform you of treatment actions for the worse case scenario of your horse falling victim to this disease. Approximately more than 50 percent of all United States’ horses have been exposed to the causing organism.
If you are searching for possible solutions to this harmful disease, then download the Racing Journal’s EPM report – FREE. Once a horse has developed the disease, according to studies, approximately only 40 percent are able to come through with a full recovery. Dr. Morgan continues to say that up to 60 percent are able to improve to some degree after undergoing treatment. Learn all about possible treatments currently available and others that are being tested from this EPM report, to rid your horse of the nasty parasite.