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    04-20-2012, 05:55 PM
Lyme Disease

Hi All!

I have a 15 year old Irish Sport horse who is being treated (for the second time) for Lyme. The first time he was treated we used the oral doxycycline, a 45 day treatment. We pulled a titer, the levels were down and he was vaccinated. We pulled another titer a few weeks ago (about a year after being vaccinated) because he was off and we knew it could be Lyme, his antibodies were off the chart. This time we are treating him with IV oxytetracycline. He has a catheter in his neck and I am treating him twice a day. I have done catheter care before, my vet felt confident in me taking care of this one.

So, has anyone else treated with oxytet? Was it a better option than the doxy? Thanks, Jess
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    04-20-2012, 07:11 PM
My horse has had it twice and responded very well to doxy within 3 days both times. Sounds like Lyme affects your horse much more than some. Hopefully the more direct treatment you're using will kill it all and avoid a reoccurence. Good luck. I know how expensive it is and how much is sucks to see your horse feeling that bad.
    04-20-2012, 07:19 PM
Cornell released a study stating that if a horse has it once, the best treatment the second time around is the oxytet, it is showing that the horses treated with doxy the second time have a much higher chance at getting it again, or what they are thinking is that the doxy will bring the levels down, but once the doxy treatment stops the levels shoot right back up. If anyone wants to see the Cornell article, leave your email and I will forward you what I have.
    04-20-2012, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
Is this really common in the North East???
    04-20-2012, 07:39 PM
Lyme is all over New England and terrible in our area, we even have a dog on a 30 day doxy treatment who was vaccinated and boostered last year, it stinks!
    04-20-2012, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
Oh noooooooooooooooooooo! I'm sorry!
    04-20-2012, 07:42 PM
It originated in Lyme, Connecticut, hence the name. Yes it is very prevalent in the northeast. It's a matter of when, not if. I keep $600 set aside every year for "when" my horse gets it again.

Has anyone had success with the vaccine? I don't get it for my horse since the vets say it does nothing.
    04-20-2012, 08:02 PM
We have our horses vaccinated, Spider is the only one of the horses who have gotten Lyme, so we think it works :).

If you want, I can send you the email about the oxytet, they are saying it is a lot more effective than the doxy.
    04-20-2012, 09:08 PM
Can you give some information about the Lyme Vaccine for horses? My vet didn't mention it, but I am certain we will have a bad Lyme year here and want to try the vaccine.

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