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    09-23-2013, 02:24 PM
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Green Broke
EPM the possum one

Got 3 horses near me dead ( undiagnosed) one from same place with same symptons, ( well before they died) at vet being treated and this one confirmed EPM, the barn in question is pretty much a mess. So go figure, but any ways, I have heard of a vaccine, but have alos heard it isnt fully tested, havent talked to vet but they have never reccommended it. Any body got any info or looked deep into the research ?
     
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    09-23-2013, 02:37 PM
  #2
Trained
EPMhorse ? Home to the latest information about EPM
That's what I found with a quick Googling. There's tons more, search " EPM horses treatment

Hope all will go well
     
    09-23-2013, 07:01 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Humm, stress check , poor nutrition, check, poor house keeping, check, compromised immune system from other ailments, check,

Doesnt seem like something I need to concern myself with. My horses are pretty well managed, and my feed and hay are safe. Doesnt look like a vaccine and Healthy horses have a very low rate of infection even when exposed. 98% of healthy horses clear themselves.
     
    09-23-2013, 07:04 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
humm, stress check , poor nutrition, check, poor house keeping, check, compromised immune system from other ailments, check,

Doesnt seem like something I need to concern myself with. My horses are pretty well managed, and my feed and hay are safe. Doesnt look like a vaccine and Healthy horses have a very low rate of infection even when exposed. 98% of healthy horses clear themselves.
As with everything, healthy horses, healthy immune system, low disease rate. And keep the possums out
     
    09-23-2013, 07:15 PM
  #5
Trained
Yes, and sanitize their water troughs often. I add in a bit of peroxide.
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    09-23-2013, 11:34 PM
  #6
Trained
Opossums and Raccoons are not welcome on my land. I had a POA that was a carrier of EPM. Blood work showed positive for it, but they couldn't confirm that was his actual problem because at the time all it indicated was he had been exposed to EPM. We went through with the $1500 treatment anyways because he was my heart horse and there was something wrong, we just could not figure out what it was.

Treatment would not reverse any of the tissues damaged by EPM. But it would stop and prevent It from progressing.

Sad disease. But keep the nasty little dirty animals out of your barn and you should be fine.
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