Originally Posted by starlinestables
You live, learn and update your boarding agreement/rules to cover such instances so it doesn't happen again.
Adding "the owner agrees to maintain a standard of care that equals or exceeds the standard of care at the boarding facility,
Thanks for the help!
I did notice from a few of the posts that several were not up to date on EPM.. Only s
everal years ago it was a death sentence, not now
. If caught early and treated most horses go on to normal routines and even still compete and win. BO might want to "goggle" and be aware of the early possible signs before "clinical symptoms" start showing.
Here is some basic info, in laymen terms on EPM:
- Neurological- parasitic disease- transmitted mostly by opossum feces in a feed or hay source. Now showing up in states without opossums, due to feed sources being shipped to mills.
- 70% of horses are exposed EPM. Most will test low positive to exposure on a blood test. Test about $200. May never show clinical signs.
- Most horses 98% successfully combat EPM by their own immune system, and do not show "clinical signs."
- Clinical symptoms tend to show up after "stress or a trauma."
- Clinical symptoms are rated at levels 1-4. 1= beginning clinical signs
- To confirm "clinical EPM" requires a spinal tap. $6-800.
- Currently there are 4 different approved medications. $100-$300 per month. Anti inflammatory drugs are also used to reduce the swelling around the spinal cord. (DMSO, Banamine, Dex, steroids etc)
- If treatment is started immediately, most horses recover up to 1-2 levels.
Here is a list of common symptoms
, As BO, think about EPM, when "something just doesn't seem right."
especially after trauma or stress. Hope this prevents a loss at your barn. Start the meds, don't wait! I caught the symptoms a week before the vet rated EPM at Level 1. The boarder refused the advise of the vet to start medication. 2 people offered to pay for the medication. I still think that is negligence.