Halloween horseBOO!

I’m back again to talk to you more about equine viruses. In case you missed it, check out the other blog posts, “Ah-Ah-CHOO!” which was all about upper respiratory infections (URIs), “Swimming with Bugs,” and “Lockjaw!”.

With Halloween, around the corner, I want to share with you the scariest of all viruses. It has been known to turn ALL animals into…ZOMBIES!!! Aggressive, unbalanced, foaming at the mouth, convulsing, and a hunger for BRAINS! AHHHHH!

Okay, Queenie, calm down, just breathe…Think happy thoughts…

I seemed to have scared myself. Luckily, horses and other animals can’t really turn into zombies, however they can get rabies, which can make an animal appear very zombie-like. An animal infected with rabies may show the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite (for anything without a pulse)
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Lameness
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Behavior changes
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Death

2000px-Biohazard_symbolRabies is EXTREMELY dangerous and deadly, but highly preventable with an annual vaccination. When I mentioned it affects ALL animals that also goes for humans. Any bite from an animal should be followed up with a review of the previous vaccination status of the animal. If the animal in question is not up-to-date on its vaccinations or is a wildlife animal, it must be quarantined and tested for rabies. There is a rabies treatment for humans and unfortunately, not for horses. Consult with your physician AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!Halloween trick or treat

Luckily, rabies is not common, however it still exists. The only zombies I want to see are the ones in movies or trick-or-treating at my stall door.

Overwhelmed with all this talk of diseases and symptoms and vaccines?? Luckily for you, we created a simple vaccination kit that includes disease information cards and posters on the vaccine schedules for adult horses! We also have a separate poster for foals and weanlings, too! The kit is only $12 and the posters can be purchased for $3 each. That’s a bargain! These kits are great tools for any experienced horse owner as well as young horse enthusiasts!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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