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Leptospirosis in Horses

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:32 am    Post subject: Leptospirosis in Horses  Reply with quote

Yesterday, I rode with  a dear friend to our favorite vet to take the oldest daughter's jumping /dressage pony to check on why all four legs were suddenly sore and why both eyes were swollen and he was squinting.  Plus, when we looked at his eyes we saw white glow in the corneal areas below the eyes.  His body temperature was 103 F. He almost fell to the ground just to get out of the horse trailer and could barely make it to the vet's stall.  He was rinse and a fan place on him to decrease the body heat while the vet drew the lab work and let us know he was already concerned about lepto and the blood work came back with high liver and kidneys enzymes.

So naturally, as she went to get the kids from school, I went to search the computer for leptospirosis.  I have never heard of it or seen it.  But, it urns out to be a serious condition due to the way large barns might get rid of stall waste and involves rodents and a variety of wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, deer, the list goes on and even our domestic barn dog and cat that happen to urinate on our horse's hay.  So the horse eats the hay or walks through the puddles or stagnant water that has been contaminated and he can get it through the skin, mucous membranes, etc. They can even give it to another horse or a human.  

So I told my friend who brought the horse from the other barn to tell them of the situation and the need to clean, clean , clean and check all the horses.  Plus, she needs to clean the stalls around where she kept him and separate the horses that were in proximity of him.  And add to it clean the horse trailer and get the horse poop and get it contained and isolated along with any stall waste products and possibly burn them in an isolated safe area and then, clean herself as well to protect her health and her family as well.

The 1st vet was going to send her out of state with it and make her wait a week for the diagnosis, we got it in two hours.  

Has anyone else ever dealt with this disease or heard of it?  It sounds bad and the horse is in a lot of pain.

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