Archive for October, 2011

As Good as it Gets

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In September I posted that I had seen great improvement with Fudge’s cranial symptoms with the preventative dose of decoquinate.  I discussed giving Fudge a treatment of decoquinate to see if it would help with any latent infection.  And the answer is… I have not seen additional improvement with the treatment dose.  I think he is as good as he is going to get.

I know from testing the other horse that my two are getting multiple exposures to Sarcocystis neurona over the course of a year.  There are a lot of opossums in my area, and I see them weekly.  This re-exposure will help keep the IgG antibodies primed in their bodies.  In this case, did a treatment dose of decoquinate help?  I don’t think so, the preventative had already helped his immune system tackle any latent infection.  Did the treatment dose hurt?  I’m not seeing any downside to one treatment dose.  It would not be a good idea to treat repeatedly, thinking he would get better.