Vesicular stomatitis (VS), a highly-contagious disease of horses and other livestock is spreading throughout Central Texas and Colorado.
VS is similar to Foot and Mouth disease in that clinical signs include major swelling; shedding of skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves; and severely painful oral blisters and sores. While seldom fatal, recovery is prolonged and affected animals may be infectious to other animals for as long as three weeks. Flies are thought to be involved in the transmission of this disease.
Texas Animal Health Commission has announced that outbreaks of VS have occurred in at least 21 different locations in eight Texas counties, 27 equines were affected, including 22 in Texas and five in Colorado. Concerns about this infection have resulted in the cancellation of several horse shows and some equine ranches have closed their facilities to outside horses until the current outbreak abates.
In Minnesota there are reports an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1. According to Dr. Paul Anderson from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, EHV-1 is a common virus in the horse population. What is a little unusual is this case is the number of horses with severe neurological damage, leaving horses unable to get up and walk. At least three horses have already had to be euthanized with four other horses, being tested after showing signs of the virus.
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It’s a good thing to avoid exposure to infected animals in these sorts of disease outbreaks. Unfortunately, in their haste to limit exposure by killing flies and avoiding other animals owners often fail to ask the question – “Why is my horse more susceptible to these diseases and what can I do to make my animals more resistant?”.
Consider this – the immune systems of our animals (and us too) are under daily attack by the myriad of GMO’s, insecticides, herbicides and other environmental toxins foisted upon us by the greedy biotech industry and complacent government regulator agencies.
Case in point is Monsanto’s RoundUp. The main ingredient, glyphosate, and the accompanying adjuvants are known to be toxic at levels far lower than the government’s safety standards. GMO’s and glyphosate are used on the majority of crops such as corn, soy, beets and alfalfa in this country. These crops are deficient in trace minerals and are toxic to the beneficial gut bacteria essential for health in any animal. The immune systems of animals fed these crops suffer from the effect of mineral depletion and intestinal damage and thus they are very much more susceptible to any virus or bacteria they are exposed to.
The bottom line: To have healthy animals you must limit feeding these toxic crops, you must provide balance minerals, and you must nourish the beneficial gut bacteria. The only sure way to do this is to feed Organic feeds or add a Glyphosate Remediation Product (G.R.P).
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