Lyme Disease in Horses Treatment Options

Lyme Disease in HorsesWhether Lyme disease in horses occurs was once a topic for debate, however it does happen. The deer tick carries the bacteria which causes Lyme disease in dogs, humans, and horses, and is most often found on the east coast—especially in New England.

It is often difficult to diagnose Lyme disease in horses symptoms include lameness not brought on by level of work, shifting from one leg to another, avoidance of activity, and behavioral changes. There are also some flu-like symptoms such as fever. However, only ten percent of cases of Lyme disease in horses show noticeable symptoms at all!

Equine veterinary offices can test for Lyme disease in horses, though there are currently few tests that can be done. From there, most horses respond favorably to treatment, given that the correct diagnosis was made. Antibiotics given either in pill form or intravenously will give positive results.

Some homeopathic veterinarians claim that ledum for Lyme disease in horses is quite effective. Of course, when treating Lyme disease in horses or any other possible affliction, you should speak to your veterinarian before treating at home.

So far, the best treatment is prevention. When a horse lives in an area known for deer ticks, it is important to carefully groom it. Ticks found should be removed very cautiously by pulling upwards with tweezers. If any part of the tick is left within the horse’s skin, this can still transfer bacteria. There are also tick repellents available, so discuss this with your veterinarian.