Archive for September, 2011

Concern, Greed, Insanity, or Smarts?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I didn’t want to post on this until I saw clear improvement in Fudge.  On August 17th I told you that I had worked with my vet to order the decoquinate preventative for Fudge, because he does have a low titer to Sn.  Over the course of the month, I have given Fudge the prevention dose.  And, well, I see great improvement in the amount of feed he drops.  Will this convert to better work under saddle?  I don’t know – he goes bitless:-)

I have done a lot of reading on decoquinate over the past month.  It appears from published literature to be very safe.  It’s over the counter (OTC) for all other farm animals.  So… I get this hair-brained idea to see if a full treatment dose will help more.  Some of you will read this, and pick an adjective from those in the title.  Maybe you have another one.  No, my vet was not consulted on this.

While safe, there is a trade-off with the immune system.  At the preventative dose, the protozoa in the intestines are killed, and a few in the blood stream or intracellular.  The few killed in the blood circulate.  It primes the immune system to produce IgG antibodies specific to Sn.  This cuts the two-week lag time for the horse to go from non-specific IgM antibodies to specific IgG antibodies.  This is important when the protozoa reproduce and multiply by four every few hours.

At the treatment dose, all Sn protozoa in the body are killed within 10 days, and the body stops producing IgG antibodies because there are not any more dead protozoa in the system.  I have shot the immune-training ability of the preventative.  But, what IF Fudge had a sub-clinical infection?  The only way to find out was to give the treatment dose.  I’ll let you know what happens.

A word of warning.  Decoquinate is OTC for other animals.  It is also combined with Rumensin or Monensin which are both very toxic to horses.  Don’t use OTC decoquinate for your beloved horse.

Not Seattle Slew

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Fudge-Man says he is NOT Seattle Slew, and would like some sunshine.  We had more than 5 inches of rain yesterday, had flooding, and couldn’t get the horses from the pasture back to the barn for several hours.  We had another 4 inches of rain overnight, and can’t get them out to pasture due to flooding.   I was out digging a trench behind the house, and trying to divert water so it wouldn’t run into the back of the house.  Please….can we share some of this rain with the nice folks in Texas?

First an earthquake, then hurricane, power outages, and now flash flood.  What’s next?  A plague of Opossums?

Play It Again Sam…

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I just got done watching the Webinar “A Novel Strategy for Treatment of and Protection Against EPM.”  It looks like the research on EPM has come a long ways…and has a long ways to go.  Fudge is hoping for the vaccine(s).  The quantity of treatment successes are far better than with the drugs that Fudge took.  I did like the picture on the last slide of the person dancing on the bar.

The webinar was recorded, and is available here:  “A Novel Strategy for Treatment of and Protection against EPM”

Just one question…Who came up with the name “Pathogenes Inc. Multiplex Sarcocystis neurona Antibody Detection Pack?”

The New Phone Book’s Here! The New Phone Book’s Here!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

When the box arrived on the porch this morning, I yelled, “The New Phone Book’s Here!  The New Phone Book’s Here!  Now Fudge is Somebody”  My 15 yo daughter looked like she would die in front of the FedEx driver.  She asked what I was yelling about.  I said the movie with Steve Martin.  She asked who Steve Martin was.  Is, honey, is; he’s not dead yet.

“The Jerk” starring Steve Martin

Just as Navin R. Johnson was excited about the new phone books, I was excited about the new strip test.  Now I can keep an eye on Fudge’s titer level.  If the strip goes positive, I know I’ve got problems.  Just think, if I had one of these strips before I purchased Fudge…Nevermind, I wouldn’t have Fudge now if I had had a strip back then.

Last call to sign up for the Webinar September 6th: