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    02-18-2009, 02:46 PM
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what exactly is a coggins?

I need to get a coggins for my horse this spring because I plan on showing her this summer. I know that its a blood test that gets sent away, but what exactly do they look for? What happens if the horse fails the coggins test?

Thanks for your input!
     
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    02-18-2009, 02:50 PM
  #2
mls
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The test is actually for EIA - Equine Infectious Anemia. It's called a coggins as it is named after the doctor that developed the test.

It's either negative or positive. If it's positive, your state vets office will contact you with the correct protocol. Most states require you to destroy the horse.

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Test
     
    02-18-2009, 02:55 PM
  #3
Trained
I think coggins is not only a waste of money, but time as well.

They look for the disease Mosquito's can pass along via transfer of blood when they bite. Equine Ifectious Anemia (EIA)

It is a deadly disease, and most horses who get it will end up resulting in death.

An infected horse is dangerous to uninfected horses - that is why the test is manditory.

But why I think it is rediculous - because your vet can draw blood, then the moment the blood is drawn your horse could be bitten by a mosquito and infected......

I hate it, but I have to do it to compete.
     
    02-18-2009, 02:57 PM
  #4
Trained
Do you need a coggins to travel or just to show? I am used to always having to have a coggins but I realized mine is out of date and I talked to my BO about it and she said I just need to have my Brand Inspection for the show this weekend?

Explain?
     
    02-18-2009, 02:59 PM
  #5
Foal
Yes normally you need it to travel past state lines.
     
    02-18-2009, 03:01 PM
  #6
Trained
Oh, that explains it then. I'm just going out of town. Ty.
     
    02-18-2009, 03:03 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It is a deadly disease, and most horses who get it will end up resulting in death.

An infected horse is dangerous to uninfected horses - that is why the test is manditory.

But why I think it is rediculous - because your vet can draw blood, then the moment the blood is drawn your horse could be bitten by a mosquito and infected......

I hate it, but I have to do it to compete.
Ridiculous to you perhaps but peace of mind to many horse owners. Not all horses die. They can carry the virus but never become ill. The equine equivalent of HIV and AIDS.

Yes, the horse can be bitten by an infected insect after the blood is drawn but the test is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. There is no cure.
     
    02-18-2009, 03:06 PM
  #8
Trained
Not all horses die or become ill, but if I'm right, they normally have to be destroyed, don't they?
     
    02-18-2009, 03:14 PM
  #9
Foal
One thing to check on if you're just going out of town, where are you keeping the horse? If you're staying someone and need to board him a lot of places require a current negative Coggins.
     
    02-18-2009, 03:22 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Not all horses die or become ill, but if I'm right, they normally have to be destroyed, don't they?
Depends on what your state guidelines are. There are actually farms out there that operate along the same lines as retirement homes. They house and care for EIA positive equines.

I would personally put my horse to sleep.
     

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