Please note that Savvy Horsewoman is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As much as our focus is on horses, and how to keep them healthy and comfortable, the NETS vision reaches further than that. Many smaller animals, especially the white-footed mouse but also raccoons, foxes, opossums and feral cats, are reservoirs for B. burgdorferi---once infected, these animals harbor the bacterium and remain a continuous source of infection for new ticks. • The ticks:Ixodes scapularis, also called the deer tick or the bear tick, in the Northeast/East Coast and north central/midwestern regions of the country; Ixodes pacificus, called the Western black-legged tick, on the West Coast. So I really would like to know the connection of the tick bites and pigeon fever. Interested in helping out? Once established in an equine population, the protozoa can also be transmitted by more than a dozen other tick species, including Dermacentor variabilis, the American dog tick, which is common east of the Rocky Mountains and in California. Fortunately, anaplasmosis and Lyme disease can be effectively diagnosed, and the treatment for both of them is tetracyclines. In the modern world, of course, our goal is to protect our animals, and ourselves, against the many diseases ticks can carry. According to the CDC, the number of cases diagnosed in the United States has been increasing over the past dec-ade, and the area of concentration has been growing, up into Maine and Ontario, out into western Pennsylvania and New York as well as down into Virginia. In other words, the same ticks biting your horses could be biting you, too! Researchers at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are pushing for a solution. For the best viewing experience please update your browser to. The NETS team wants to change that. Also as with Lyme, the juvenile ticks pick up the bacteria from rodents, primarily mice, and then the adults pass the pathogens on to their next hosts. Items are sold by the retailer, not Wag!. Join Date: Jan 2009. Well, the scrapes and all could've been caused by the horse trying to rub on things to itch and remove the tick..I think they are very irritating to have stuck to you! Learn how your comment data is processed. And this challenge can be especially difficult with our horses, who live in the grassy pastures and shrubby areas where ticks thrive. Well, both horses are positive for pigeon fever. The National Equine Tick Survey (NETS) is an initiative to collect data from ticks found on horses across the nation. This lump is usually accompanied by inflammation and can be painful, due to the buildup of pressure. “One of [the canine vaccines] does include the Osp C antigen,” says Trachtenberg. If you find ticks on your horses, the NETS team wants them! Those ticks can have a huge impact on horse health regardless of geographic location, and the lack of highly effective, persistent tick prevention products specifically for horses leave them vulnerable. Equine granulocytic anaplasmosis: The other threat from deer ticks. Please enter a password for your user account. This disease could easily spread if it is introduced again.”. 20 July 2009 #1. They attach themselves to your horse, and can cause illness unless removed. Lyme disease is considered acute if it is diagnosed within the first weeks after exposure and chronic if the infection persists for months. He is passionate about strengthening the human/animal bond through comprehensive parasite control and owner education. “If we don’t have the parasite in the United States, it doesn’t matter whether we have a tick vector here,” says Ueti. Tick bites are not always painful. Minocycline is one of the first drugs I use now, although it varies a lot from practice to practice.”, • Considerations:Currently, no vaccine for Lyme disease is labeled for use in horses; however, many owners opt to administer the canine formula to their horses. I also dab poultice on tick bites, using the clay as a drawing salve. If it does not withdraw, spray again and leave for a few minutes. Separate tests are available for T. equi and B. caballi-. An abscess is an accumulation of pus (dead white blood cells) that forms a lump internally or externally on your horse’s body. The following errors occurred with your submission. “Since the test’s introduction, we’ve found that we have to tweak this interpretation a little.”, One of the more valuable uses of the multiplex assay is to distinguish between acute and chronic infections.