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New Subsidized Diagnostics and Veterinary Treatment Now available for Respiratory Infections
A snotty nose, a cough, a fever and poor appetite all
signs that your horse is developing a respiratory infection. It can derail
your pleasure riding, training and competition, or travel plans with your horse.
Vaccinating regularly for common respiratory infections, Influenza,
Rhinopneumontis, and Strangles is the best way to prevent your horse from coming
down with one of these infections.
If your horse does become sick, the combination of a company
subsidized respiratory disease testing and subsidized
veterinary care now make diagnosis and treatment even better.
Prior to a stressful event such as a tough competition environment or a long
transportation, you can add even more protection beyond vaccines by boosting
your horse’s immune system with an immune boosting medication.
Respiratory disease symptoms often jump from horse to horse and can hijack a
whole barn over the course of a few weeks or months. While treating each
horse is usually successful the answer to the question, “What is causing this?”
is usually elusive.
Now there is the potential to find the answer to that question thanks to one of
the major animal health companies, Zoetis. They will pay the cost of the
tests, about $180. You only pay $25 for overnight shipping of the
If your animal has a respiratory infection, I can now swab his or her nose and
draw some blood.
The samples are sent to the Equine Infectious Disease Research Laboratory at UC-Davis,
Zoetis will pay for a screen that detects the DNA of several equine respiratory
- Equine Influenza
- EHV-1 (Rhinopneumonitis)
- EHV-4 (also Rhinopneumontis)
- Strep Equi (Strangles)
- Equine Rhinitis A and B
Zoetis May Pay Your Vet Bill
Equally important, if your animal has been vaccinated by me as your
veterinarian, under the Zoetis Equine Immunization Support Guarantee
with a Zoetis vaccine for Equine Influenza and comes down with the disease,
Zoetis will pay for veterinary care up to $5000 to treat the disease. The
program does not cover Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 and EHV-4) or Strangles.
The Support Guarantee also covers veterinary cost for other diseases: West Nile,
Tetanus, as well as Eastern, Western and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis so long
as your horse is vaccinate with the Zoetis vaccine by your veterinarian.
What diseases typically cause Respiratory Infections?
Information about what is causing the respiratory diseases is illuminating.
From the work at the Equine Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, Dr. Pusterla
and colleagues publish a report on 761 respiratory disease cases from all over
the USA over a 2 year period. They were able to detect disease in 201
cases (26%). Of these positive cases their results showed:
- EHV-4 (Rhinopneumonitis) 84 positives
- Equine Influenza 60 positives
- Strangles 49 cases
- EHV-1 (also Rhinopnumonitis) 23 cases
There were 15 horses with double infections and one horse with a triple
So Rhino was the chief culprit but Strangles and Influenza were certainly
The 560 cases did not tested positive any of the four diseases. This can
be confusing. There are several possibilities. Among them is that
the horse has some other disease the testing did not detect, such as Equine
Rhinitis which has since been added to the screen. Another possibility is
that the horse has one of the diseases but testing was unable to pick it up.
Experience has shown that the closer you test to the beginning of symptoms, the
more likely you are to get a positive result. So to increase your chances
identifying what disease is affecting your horse, calling me quickly after the
onset of symptoms increases the likelihood of finding an answer.
Reducing Risk at Stressful Events and Long Transport
Another way to reduce risk of developing viral and bacterial respiratory
infections beyond vaccines during transport and/or at a stressful event such as
a big show is by using ZYLEXIS to boost your horse’s immune system.
ZYLEXIS is inactivated (killed) Parapox Ovis Virus Immunomodulator that has
demonstrated efficacy and safety in stimulating the horse’s immune response.
It has been shown to reduce the incidence of equine upper respiratory disease
associated with EHV-1 and/or EHV-4 infections (Rhinopneumonitis aka Equine
Herpes Virus). The boost in immunity is helpful but short lived.
Intramuscular injections are given on day 0,2 and 9, then every 7 days after
that if you are participating in multiple weeks such as at a long horse show
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