Toxoplasmosis or E. Coli are probably the most well known zoonotic diseases and one rarely hears of a instance where a disease is transmitted from a horse to a human. However, a woman died from an illness that appears to have been contracted from a horse that she had contact with.
An elderly woman who ran a horse boarding and riding facility in Washington came into contact with a horse before it began taking antibiotics for Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus. The CDC report suggests that the age of the deceased may have been a contributing factor.
The CDC report can be read here.
You can read the story here.
I came across Marcus's case via a conversation with Arlene White, she of the Animal Rehab Institute in South Florida. The owner of a horse had contacted her seeking help. They had not been able to find out the cause of his lameness, nor had they been able to treat it successfully.
Phenylbutazone, Penicillin, dex, steroid ointment, Baytril, acupuncture, Methacarbamol, Thermotex blanket, Previcox, Pentosan. Marcus has been through a lot in an attempt to figure out why he had come up lame, as well as deal with a string of other issues.
Heather started using Cytowave to see if that may have a positive impact on Marcus's health.
Even though she's not terribly far into a treat schedule relative to other cases, she has noticed a few things;
- no longer "dances" around in the cross ties, stands quietly, seems more relaxed
- no longer tries to bite at my arm when girthing up the saddle or grinds his teeth with saddling
- very relaxed and stood nicely when the farriers reset his hind shoes, in the past months when he has been sore++ he doesn't want them to lift his hind feet, pulls his feet away (he is rested every 5 weeks and has been rested many times since the onset of his lymphangitis/lameness) but July 31st (1st time since cytowave) was by far the best behaved he's been.
- soundness has improved, while not 100% best he's moved since onset of lymphangitis.
Heather sees a difference since they started treating Marcus with Cytowave. She considers him to be 90% sound, which is the best he's been since the lymphangitis started at the end of January. If you are curious, below is his treatment log so far:
20th - 30 mins inflammatory
21st - 30 mins inflammatory
22nd - 60 mins back
23rd - 60 mins back
24th - 60 mins back
25th - 30 mins inflammatory (in the AM with the vets) and 60 mins back in the PM
26th - 60 mins back
27th - 60 mins back
28th - 60 mins back
29th - 30 mins inflammatory
30th - 60 mins back
31st - 60 mins fracture
1st - 60 min fracture
2nd - 60 min fracture
3rd - 60 min fracture
4th - 60 min fracture
5th - 60 min fracture
6th - 60 min back
7th - 60 mins back
Heather is a good mom to Marcus and has done a great deal to diagnose and treat him. We're hoping that Marcus continues to respond to Cytowave treatments and that both he and Heather can go for long rides with no discomfort and no worries.