10 Vesicular Stomatitis Resources on TheHorse.com

10 Vesicular Stomatitis Resources on TheHorse.com

Photo: Courtesy Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz

Maybe you’re familiar with it or know someone whose horse has been quarantined with it. Or maybe it hasn’t hit your state yet. Regardless of your past experiences with vesicular stomatitis, or VS, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with this pathogen that’s spreading across the country and how to protect your horse from contracting it.

Here are 10 resources available to you free on TheHorse.com. They cover VS basics, biosecurity, fly control, and more. Find more resources on the vesicular stomatitis topic page on TheHorse.com.

ARTICLE: Vesicular Stomatitis: What You Need to Know Last year, rarely a week went by during late summer and fall that a state animal health authority didn’t report new vesicular stomatitis cases. But, what is this disease sweeping across the Southwest and West, and should you be concerned about it infecting your horses? Read More

ARTICLE: The Aftermath of Vesicular Stomatitis The summer of 2014 was a rough one for many horses and their owners in Colorado and Texas. A large-scale VS outbreak disrupted normal comings and goings, causing extended quarantines and transportation headaches. In the meantime, thousands of horse owners adopted strict biosecurity strategies to prevent disease spread. Here’s how veterinarians and horse owners managed the outbreak. Read More

ARTICLE: Economic Impacts of Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreaks From increased fly control and quarantines to state and international horse movement restrictions, here’s how an equine virus caused economic headaches for owners during a disease outbreak. Read More

ARTICLE: Keep Horses Safe when Traveling in VS-Affected Areas Veterinarians have diagnosed vesicular stomatitis a few counties away from your home, but you’re supposed to partake in a horse show this weekend. Should you stay home or go? A veterinarian offers tips on keeping horses safe when traveling in areas with confirmed VS cases. Read More

SPECIAL REPORT: How To Handle a Disease Outbreak If your horse starts exhibiting signs of infectious disease, assume whatever he's come down with is contagious to other horses until proven otherwise, and follow these important steps to halt disease spread. Download Now

INFOGRAPHIC: Protecting Your Horse From Disease An equine disease outbreak can be dangerous for your horse and expensive for you. Protect your horse from infectious disease exposure by using tips from our step-by-step visual guide. View Now

ARTICLE: Nearly Nontoxic Insect Control Three simple circumstances surrounding horse ownership mean we are destined to deal with flies and insects: moisture, large animals, and their poop. And since it’s believed that VS can be transmitted via biting flies, limiting the number of insects that have access to your horse is an important step in preventing the disease spread. Here’s how to control insects on your horse property. Read More

ARTICLE: Practical Biosecurity for Horse Farms Reducing potential infectious disease outbreak risks can be challenging, but farm owners can take steps to minimize introducing and spreading these diseases, including traffic control, education, and a clean environment. Read More

ARTICLE: How to Set Up a Disease Isolation Unit on Your Farm If your horse contracts an infectious disease, it’s critical that you isolate him from other horses to prevent the spread of infection. It is also important to prevent indirect exposure, such as when people handling an infected horse spread the pathogen to other horses via physical contact and equipment sharing. Read More

ARTICLE: Four Tips for a Fly-Free Spring As spring approaches, it’s a good time for horse owners to starting thinking about preparing their farm for the battle against bugs. While there is no way to completely eliminate flying pests, a coordinated approach can significantly reduce their numbers and will help in keeping the horses at the barn comfortable. The secret to success is to start early, with the right gear, and the right preparation. Read More

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