My Horse Might Have Rabies ... What Now?

QWhat should you do if you suspect that your horse has rabies? How should you handle him to keep from getting it yourself?

A Any horse that you suspect may have rabies should be immediately isolated from all other horses and animals. The horse should be carefully observed for a period of at least 45 days. In addition an accurate list of all exposed or potentially exposed persons should be maintained. And call your veterinarian!

To keep from getting exposure from your horse, you should avoid contact with the horse as much as possible and especially avoid any contact with saliva or blood from the horse. Keep it isolated with food and water available at all times. The horse should be examined daily for any signs of neurological disease and if these signs are observed one should consider euthanasia.

Learn more about managing respiratory problems and read more Q&A with Dr. Reed in our free on-demand webinar: Understanding Rabies!

Do you have questions about rabies in horses? Sign up for our free webinar Rabies: What Every Horse Owner Should Know, which will be held Oct. 27 at 8 pm EDT!

About the Author

Stephen Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Stephen Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, joined the Internal Medicine Service department at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky in Jan. 2007, after he retired from Ohio State University as an emeritus professor. His career has been predominantly dedicated to teaching with emphasis on Equine Neurologic Diseases.

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