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post #1 of 9 Old 03-26-2008, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Tropical Diseases in Horses???

I'm trying to get up to speed quick on horse care in the tropics. I've introduced myself in the Community forum you can see our story there. (the beginning anyway)

What diseases are most common in tropical areas? I'm thinking TBD. Which one's affect horses? Anything else I need to watch for???
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-26-2008, 07:38 PM
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Sorry can't help you out. We are far from the tropics here You might check with the local vet where you are for what needs to be immunized against.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-26-2008, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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I did.:( Nobody apparently does vaccs here. Somebody(at a BIG cattle? farm) just ordered a batch of 300 to do their own, and she says I can piggy back on their order. But after that...

Guess it's the same as the dogs, if they don't survive, you just get another one. :roll:
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 12:04 AM
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I would guess the most common diseases would be transfered thru insects, so maybe you could try a google search relevant to that.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Well I found out about Lyme. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, EIA and West Nile.

What I guess I was really asking about is things like tying up and the disease where a horse loses the ability to sweat.(can't remember the name)

I was wondering if anyone had ever had experiences with things like that. Considering it's 81*F here right now at 10:45 pm my time with the humidity at 74%

Bree seems to tolerate everything well she is very obviously a local horse, but there's no such thing as too much knowledge. IMO
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 09:42 AM
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Sorry, just saw your post.

Vaccines: Eastern Equine Encephalytis, Western Eq.Encephalytis, Venezualen Equine Encephalytis, WNV, Tetanus Those would be the core vaccinations due to the risk levels. Influenza and Rhino pneumonitis might also be recommended depend on what you do with your horse and what kind of exposure to outside horses he has.

Anhydrosis is the condition that you are thinking about where a horse stops sweating. This condition isn't fully understood. There is a possibility that it's due to overwork of the sweat glands, but it could be several other things. The best thing you can do is to make sure your horse has plenty of water at all times, you don't work him too hard during the worst heat and watch for any signs that he is sweating less than usual or than you would expect.

Tying up can occur for multiple causes as well. Some of them are related to electrolyte imbalances, overwork, etc and some are related to a defect in the body like Equine Poslysaccharid Storage Myopathy. Feeding a balanced diet, supplying plenty of water, not overworking your horse all will help minimize the risk.

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 10:02 AM
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Cindy... once again you have come to the rescue... Thanks!

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-27-2008, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much. Over work won't be an issue as she's only a year.:) Makes me feel better about going on holidays tho.
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