The Horse

APR 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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20 April 2019 The Horse | DIANE RICE P icture a group of equine veterinary students, all of whom are naturally attracted to a pasture full of cute foals and have been observing them vigilantly. They've noticed that a previously healthy baby in their university horse breeding program herd has started acting "off." The students bring the mare and foal in question up to the barn to treat what they suspect is a respiratory or viral infection. However, the foal quickly progresses to showing neurologic signs and is biting his tongue. About the same time, staff discover a fox den in the pasture. By now, the suspected diagnosis is rabies, and the foal is euthanized. He tests positive post-mortem, and more than a dozen exposed veterinary students, staff, and faculty must undergo a preventive rabies shot cycle. Infection can be insidious and vague, posing a threat to you, your horses, and your pets without you even realizing it The Scary Thing Beware of wild animals that have lost their fear of humans or are simply acting strange.

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