ACT quickly. Treat aggressively.
If you suspect your horse may have EPM, contact your veterinarian immediately. Early intervention with aggressive treatment is key to the best possible outcome for your horse.
With EPM, fast, aggressive treatment is key to a full recovery. If you suspect your horse may have EPM - or any other neurological disease - contact your veterinarian immediately.
Irreversible damage to the brain or spinal cord is more likely to occur if the parasite has been present for long periods of time. Without treatment, many horses progressively deteriorate to the point that they are unable to stand.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, your veterinarian will prescribe a daily EPM treatment such as Protazil®. Here's what you can expect for a plan of action:
- Determine your horse's weight using a scale or weight tape. Administer the correct dose of Protazil as a top-dress for 28 days. It's crucial to the recovery of your horse that no doses are missed and the entire dose is consumed.
- Your veterinarian may also recommend anti-inflammatories during that time, as well as supplements that include vitamin E and thiamin.
- Your horse will need to be re-evaluated by your veterinarian during treatment to determine response to therapy. Additional rounds of treatment may be prescribed.
- Minimize your horse's stress for the duration of treatment. Hand walking and light exercise are often helpful during the recovery phase.
- Horses that are diagnosed early and treated aggressively have the best chance for recovery. Most horses do respond to treatment, but with varying degrees of recovery. Physical rehabilitation is often a vital component in recovery.