Common dewormers, particularly ivermectin (Eqvalan,Zimectrin) and moxidectin (Quest, Quest Plus) are toxic to dogs and cats in surprisingly small quantities. Symptoms include blindness, unsteadiness, inability to walk , and even death. There is no specific antidote but most will recover with supportive care. The active drugs in both are used in these species therapeutically but at much smaller doses than are in even a drop of dewormer. Collies and collie type dogs such as Aussies are even more susceptible. Do not allow dogs to eat horse dewormer that has been spit out during attempted administration, do not leave unopened packages where a curious puppy could chew on them, and dispose of the used dose syringes in a secure manner.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A rainy day project:
NLM announces new exhibition on the history of horse veterinary medicineFrom July 11 through October 7, the National Library of Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is hosting a new exhibition, "From Craft to Profession: The Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian," in the NLM History of Medicine Reading Room, Building 38, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. This exhibition showcases original illustrated manuscripts and early printed books from the Library's collections featuring the care and treatment of horses over the past five centuries.
While this will not satisfy people interested in alternatives to capture, it is a comprehensive look at the present methods of capture and subsequent treatment of wild horses and burros. It is worth noting that with the downturn in the economy, the adoption of wild horses has dropped and many are being maintained in a semi wild state for their lifetime. http://www.aaep.org/images/files/AAEP%20Report%20on%20the%20BLM%20Wild%20Horse%20&%20Burro%20Program%20Final.pdf
Infectious Disease Update
Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been reported in Wisconsin and North Carolina. A case of West Nile Encephalitis has been reported in California. These are sporadic outbreaks which do not spread from horse to horse and will probably always be with us. Vaccination is protective.
Forty horses on an Arkansas farm died or were euthanized due Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The disease is rare but if a positive case is on a farm unnoticed the results can be devastating.