A few days ago, I caught my mare with what looked like gunshot wounds from buckshot spattered all over her neck and, honestly believing that she'd been shot (since our neighbor found and booted some drunken hunters off the property the night before), called the vet right away. The vet looked at them, ran his hand down her shoulder, and found another one with a big ol' tick dangling off it! He told me that she has some kind of allergy to the tick bites and basically she's developing an abscess everytime a tick bites her.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to move her into the cow barn over at the farm, where she shouldn't encounter as many ticks and I can keep a closer eye on her.
Now for the questions:
- Does anyone know of any particular brand of spray that wourks really well for deterring ticks? I'm using VIP and Bronco (both of which say they deter ticks), which I've had success with for flies, but even while using those, I'm still picking four or five ticks off her daily!
- What are the signs of lyme disease? My vet mentioned that I should keep an eye out for her to go off her feed/water (part of the reason I'm moving her to the cow barn -- I can't really monitor that when she's sharing with five other horses!) or just act "strange", but didn't go into any specifics, and I forgot to ask.
- Is there a particular treatment that can be done for abscesses? None of them are really in a location that I can keep them bandaged (mostly on her neck and right where her legs meet her body), but I've been putting Schriener's on them. I keep cleaning up the ones that break open, too, and watch them to see if they start looking infected.