Many new people have found Fudgie’s blog in the past week. The short soundbites of today’s media are not as adept at scientific concepts, lists of symptoms, or the complexities of EPM. The blog is a stepping stone to the website. Take a walkabout by using the buttons to the right, and get to know us.
Archive for December, 2011
Fudge? The owner? The disease? YES.
All of the experts agree that the key to EPM is early detection. I’m not talking about any form of testing. I’m talking about the owner realizing that there is a problem, and making the call for help. Owner education is the key. If more owners knew the signs and symptoms of EPM, the sooner they would get the vet involved.
I’m taking an unconventional approach to spreading the word. I’m asking you to take one minute, go to Equestrian Social Media Awards, nominate app on the left, Category 13 Most Informative, insert http://epmhorse.org/WordPress/ and write a sentence about EPMhorse.
You can help other horses by spreading the word through social media.
EPM has always been described as a disease of protozoa in the CNS. The protozoa cause lessions in the CNS when they reproduce. The lessions interfere with nerve signals, and the horse has limited feeling and awareness of the limbs (or face, jaw, tail). It has been known for years that inflammation of the CNS plays a large part in lessions and nerve damage. Anti-inflammatories have always played a part in the treatment for EPM.
What if, inflammation plays a much larger role than was previously recognized? Inflammation may be caused by the toxins produced by Sarcocystis neurona, but what if long, drawn-out EPM symptoms are a manifestation of inflammation, not the protozoa?
Researcher Siobhan Ellison, DVM is looking into this question. See the November 29th blog here: Pathogenes Research Blog.