Poll Recap: Experience with Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

Poll Recap: Experience with Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

In last week’s online poll, TheHorse.com asked about your experience with Lawsonia intracellularis infections and equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE). Four hundred readers responded, and we’ve tallied the results

Poll Results

Of the 400 voters, 79% said they had never heard of the disease, and only 5% had known a horse with it.

Of the 400 voters, 316 (79%) said they had never heard of the disease. Another 65 respondents (16%) said they had heard of the disease, but have not known a horse with it; and only 19 voters (5%) said they had known a horse with this disease.

Additionally, 13 respondents provided comments about their individual experiences. 

Some respondents described their experiences with Lawsonia intracellularis:

  • “I'm still treating a weanling colt for it, but he is doing much better.”
  • “Treated with cefquinome injections for 10 days.improved clinically but below par performance.”
  • “I've had 2 over the past 10 years. Easy to diagnose after the 1st one.”
  • “5 mo old filly, Oct 2002, misdiagnosed as colic, nearly cost her life! Saved at Ia State Vet Hospital.”
  • “Had 9 yr old that had this, her entire small intestine was thickened & I raise free ranging pigs.”

Others commented on their interest in the condition and wanted to know more:

  • “Where can I find out info on this disease I love learning about horses.”
  • “Glad I' run across this and hope not to.”
  • “Never heard of it. Will have to learn more.”

And others had not heard of the disease or had much experience with it:

  • “Never heard of it. Will have to learn more.”
  • “Say WHAT??”
  • “Read about it recently, believe in this magazine. Glad I haven't had to deal with it!”

To learn more about EPE, read our article "Lawsonia Infections: An Emerging Problem."

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About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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