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Learn to Recognize the Symptoms of EPM
The clinical signs of EPM can be quite varied. Clinical signs are usually asymmetrical (not the same on both sides of the horse). Actual signs may depend on the severity and location of the lesions that develop in the brain, brain stem or spinal cord.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, EPM can cause devastating and lasting neurological damage. Use this checklist of symptoms from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) when assessing your horse's condition for the possibility of EPM:
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your horse has developed EPM. The sooner treatment begins, the better the horse's chances for recovery. For more information on methods of prevention and the treatment options for EPM, ask your equine veterinarian for a copy of the "EPM: Understanding this Debilitating Disease" client education brochure, provided by the AAEP in partnership with Bayer Animal Health, an AAEP Educational Partner. Additional information also can be found on the AAEP's horse-health Web site, www.myHorseMatters.com.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.
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