Defined, Support Care & Prevention
With more states being added to the list for Vesicular Stomatitis Virus outbreak each day, I felt it was important to let our clients know more about the virus supportive treatment and prevention of this nasty virus.
Vesicular stomatitis typically starts out as a fever and then symptoms such as loss of appetite due to lesions in the mouth and sloughing off the tongue follow. Your horse may also experience lameness if his coronary band develops coronitis. Diagnostics mainly consist of serologic testing for antibodies which can identify which virus is affecting your horse. There is no exact treatment for this condition, but the disease itself is self-limiting. Most horses recover well with very little supportive care making prognosis of recovery good.
The best way to provide supportive care is by supporting the immune system and treating the lesions as they appear.
Immune Builder – This is a feed supplement that is formulated to clear the virus from the bloodstream. It also supports the kidneys and liver during virus removal. It has both an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory components that assist in the healing process.
Healthy Stall – Healthy Stall is a perfect 3 in 1 product that provides a clean, natural environment for your horse. Stalls and barns are never parasite free; they are the home to mites, lice, and fleas. These parasites live in the cracks, crevices, and bedding, where they come out at night to feed on the horse. Flies and mosquitoes are a constant nuisance because of the deadly viruses they carry that can affect the long-term healthy of your horse. Essential oils are used for added fly control.
Fly control is the most important step and should be taken very seriously. We recommend frequent application of fly repellent approved for animals, including on the face and ears. We also advise use of barriers, such as fly sheets and face masks.
In addition, I recommend basic steps to prevent infectious disease when traveling to events with your horse. In a nutshell, these steps are:
- Separate your horse from others during the show.
- Don’t share tack or feeding, watering, and grooming equipment. Don’t tie your horse where others have been tied. Keep hands off other horses and avoid letting other people handle your horse.
- Disinfect all show and travel equipment, including
trailer, before and after use.
- Frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Keep your traveling horse separate from others for a week after returning home; monitor your horse for any signs of infection or illness during this time.
- Contact your veterinarian for more information