Wednesday, March 7, 2012

EPM Update - Very Good News!

Those of you who have been following along for a while will know about Pie's and Drifter's encounter with the organisms which cause EPM in horses, and their symptoms, diagnosis with the new ELISA peptide antigen test, and their subsequent treatment with a new regimen that is in clinical trials.

Here's the whole saga, for those that are interested in the details of their symptoms, testing and treatment.

When our vet/chiropractor came out last week, she drew blood so they could be retested after their completion of treatment, and I'm delighted to say that their results indicate that the infections are fully cleared - the very low numbers are effectively zeros - for the meaning of these tests, see the link above:

Pie:

SAG 1 - 2
SAG 5 - 2
SAG 6 - 8

Drifter:

SAG 1 - 2
SAG 5 - 2
SAG 6 - 2

Both horses are now completely sound and happy to move at all gaits.  Pie has some residual muscle/skin soreness that probably represents nerve regeneration.

I couldn't be more delighted - EPM is a very serious and progressive illness and until recently it was very hard to diagnose and often wasn't caught until the horse was seriously unbalanced, with often permanent nerve damage.  The disease was also hard to treat, and the one approved treatment didn't help all horses and was extremely expensive.  I'm hoping that this new test and clinical trial will result in helping many more horses who have early stage EPM get diagnosed and treated and return to full soundness.

11 comments:

  1. Yay I am glad they do not have EPM!

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  2. That's wonderful news!!! I'm with you, I hope it helps many more horses. This is very promising.

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  3. So glad they came through it! A testament to your good care and alertness

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  4. Thank you for going through all of that, and for keeping such good record of it all. You have helped save horses, and for that I applaud you.

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  5. Good news indeed. Here's hoping that new treatment becomes the "gold standard" and helps a lot of horses return to sound, healthy lives.

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  6. That is excellent news!!! So happy to hear that!

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  7. Apollo is retired with us due to permanent nerve damage from EPM. He was only 10 when he had to be retired and he had been treated with the Marquis twice. I'm sure his owner wishes there had been other options 7 years ago when she went through her ordeal, she might still be riding her horse as you are with Pie and Drifter. So glad all is well on the EPM front since I know first hand just how bad the consequences can be.

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