Donna Bottner, an Eventer, Horse Trial Organizer & Pony Club mom recently recounted about her 10-year old thoroughbred who was diagnosed with EPM. EPM is Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, a disease caused by a protozoal infection of the central nervous system of a horse. It may be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are sometimes general and/or subtle – such as lameness which can range in degree and cause. It is estimated that 60-80% can be saved if it is caught early and treated. Luckily, it can not be passed from horse to horse.
Once a horse is diagnosed, treatment begins. However, as is often the case, there are sometimes side-effects to those treatments. Donna explains, “(after my vet) diagnosed my horse with EPM, he chose treatment with Navigator (Idexx) and we began dosing the day after the diagnosis was confirmed by the lab (as well as previous and ongoing neurological examinations). For the first 5 days everything was fine, as we only gave half a dose. On day 6, the first day of the full dose, he developed symptoms of colic within one hour of medication My horse had colic symptoms within 30-60 minutes for the next 11 days. I tried everything, adding fat to his diet and experimenting with time of day and feeding before and after medication. Nothing worked. I was very discouraged and at wit’s end as to how to make it through this very difficult time. I had gone through more Banamine than any horse should have to tolerate to keep him from colicking.”
She continues, “I spoke with a veterinarian (Dr. Stan Carroll, WV) who had done field trials with Navigator and had vast experience treating EPM horses. Dr. Carroll recommended Natural Plan Stomach Soother (TM) because he said my horse most likely suffered from pre-existing ulcers and the medications (we found Banamine adds to ulcer distress in the long-term personally). My vet also took a blood test and confirmed the results were consistent with a horse with ulcers. ”
“Within 36 hours of administering 60 cc of Stomach Soother ™, twice daily, we no longer had to worry about colic. My horse began gaining his happy attitude back and was not suffering from the treatment. that was an amazing turnaround! I plan to continue to give him Natural Plan Stomach Soother daily. Post EPM treatment he is happy, healthy, sound and full of energy. THere is no doubt in my mind that Stomach Soother made all the difference in how he tolerated the EPM treatment. there are many good ulcer products on the market, but I like the fact that this is a natural digestive aid and is less than half the cost of Succeed or UlcerGard.”
“I believe any performance horse can benefit from this product. We love our horses & treat them well, but we were blind to what was happening internally. We keep them fit and active and now, thanks to Natural Plan Stomach Soother ™, much healthier and happier too!”