EPM or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis has plagued horse owners for decades with an estimated clinical prevalence of less than 5% of horses being affected. Despite this being a low number, relatively speaking, impacting less than 5 out of 100 horses, the impact when it does happen can be devastating to the average owner. The costs can be huge in regards to diagnostic expenses, therapy costs and overall loss of use and performance issues. The incidence of EPM appears to be increasing at times, which is not uncommon as overall health is impaired on a higher level. This can be frustrating, but if we take a step back and look at ‘why’ this may be happening, it can open doors for prevention and newer therapy options for the horse. (more…)
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Vitamin E often goes hand in hand with conditions such as EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis) , EDM (equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy), and even PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy) in the horse. This vitamin possess moderate antioxidant capabilities and can render much needed benefits to those horses afflicted with those conditions, however, not every horse responds and in fact, there is clinical evidence that some horses might actually deteriorate. Despite rendering antioxidant properties, is there maybe more to the story, regarding vitamin E supplementation in the horse and should a broader approach be utilized for improved outcomes? (more…)
A healthy immune response is critical to health for our equine companions on many levels. An increased incidence of infection from bacterial to viruses are more common in the horse under high stress loads or poor nutritional planes, due to reduced function and health of the immune response. However, the immune response is involved not just in infections, but overall health, healing, digestive function and even the process of inflammation. Boosting and supporting the immune response to benefit the entire body has never been more complete, until now! (more…)
The opposite of health is disease and in the horse, we have many chronic and likewise frustrating health conditions. Many include lameness as a result of direct joint or soft tissue damage, which continue to inflict pain and lameness on the patient as a normal course of the condition. In other cases, we deal with the increasing incidence of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and EPM, which in and of themselves can be frustrating due to the often high recurrence rate in certain patient groups. Given this group of chronic diseases, which often come with hefty ongoing medical costs and variable outcomes, we need to step back and really evaluate the conditions and how the patient is responding, if we are to come up with better solutions. (more…)
Does your horse have a healthy and strong immune system? Is your horse in need of immune support? How do you know? The most common problems we associate with a poor immune health are recurrent infections and even allergies, but what about other conditions? Even in the case of infections, we most often attribute a poor immune response to more severe infections that may even result in hospitalization, but are there other clues or more subtle situations that may indicate that we have a problem? The immune system is complex and involved in more bodily processes than one might just realize. (more…)
Do you have a horse or know of one impacted by EPM? Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is unfortunately a common disease in the horse, impacting hundreds, if not thousands every year. The outcomes for each case can vary dramatically, resulting in a huge expenditure for the owner and an uncertain future for the horse. Give the huge variability in outcomes despite newer treatment options, one is left asking ‘why’ and what more can be done to aid in prevention and therapy to help increase the success rates. Maybe it is time to rethink our approach to these cases in order to maximize the outcome. (more…)
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