Just a friendly reminder to vaccinate your animals, including your horses, against Rabies if you haven't already. I subscribe to Outbreak Alerts.com and I've had 4 alerts sent to me today about rabies having been found in skunks around me. I'm also pretty sure I've been visited by a rabid skunk. There was a skunk in my shavings shed the other day, very lethargic and not acting right. By the time I had gotten my gun and came back to take care of him, he was gone. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ta...6d909dca3295cc
A case of rabies was recently reported in a skunk in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Among wild animals, the disease is most often reported in skunks and raccoons but is also found in bats and foxes,1,2 and usually is transmitted from the saliva of an infected animal into a bite wound.1
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Every case of rabies presents a death sentence to the infected horse - and a risk of infection for other horses.1 Infected horses may show common signs including depression, lack of coordination and aggressive behavior,1 or display more obscure signs, such as lameness or colic.3
Because the signs of rabies can vary so widely - and the disease is so serious - some experts recommend that horse owners think of rabies first whenever they see unexplained clinical signs in horses.3
Disease prevention - through vaccination and good management - is good for the horse, owner and equine veterinarian. MERIAL® vaccines provide the tools to help prevent some of the most common and most serious equine diseases, including rabies. IMRAB® is a rabies vaccine made by Merial and approved for use in six species of animals, including horses. And it is available in a combination vaccine that also helps protect against Potomac horse fever.
For more information about rabies or other equine diseases, talk with your veterinarian.
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1 Marteniuk J. Rabies in horses. Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Available at: http://old.cvm.msu.edu/extension/equ...esinHorses.pdf
. Accessed June 11, 2009.
2 AAEP Core Vaccination Guidelines. Available at: http://www.aaep.org/core_vaccinations.htm
. Accessed June 11, 2009.
3 Weese JS
. A review of equine zoonotic diseases: risks in veterinary medicine. AAEP Proceedings 2002;48:362-369.
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It's all over the state, seems like a lot more this year than in the past several.