Lyme Disease Just A Tick Away
Interestingly enough, tick-borne Lyme Disease was first reported in
1975 near Lyme, Connecticut. A tick carrying the bacteria will
transfer the bacteria by biting through the skin of the horse in
order to begin feeding.
The initial response is usually inflammation surrounding the tick
bite. Other symptoms are fever, lameness, poor performance,
behavior/attitude change, laminitis and uveitis (moon blindness).
Insulin resistance can also be found in a laminitic Lyme horse.
Lyme may present itself with recurrent fevers along with the
presence of stiff and/or painful joints and muscles. In fact, you
may witness these symptoms prior to the bloodwork indicating Lyme.
Lyme Disease is difficult to diagnose in horses. Examine your horse
daily simply by brushing. In addition, it has been suggested that
once your horse has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease to recheck the
titer three months after the determined treatment has ended.
Increased titers at this time could mean there is still an active
infection. Early detection, followed by a quick diagnosis and
treatment is key!
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