In the Magazine: Tiny Tick, Big Problem – The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Excerpt from the October 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.

By Caroline Culbertson

Lyme disease is an increasingly common diagnosis in horses, but what’s really known about this lurking illness?

If you find that you’ve been bitten by a tick, you likely know what to keep an eye out for in the days or weeks that follow: lethargy, fever, and the “bulls-eye” rash pattern that is characteristic of Lyme disease.

But if you find a tick on your horse, the indications of a brewing infection can be less obvious. For starters, you’re dealing with an animal that has fur and can’t tell you what hurts. And many times, you won’t find a tick at all, as they drop off after feeding on a horse’s blood. Beyond that, how Lyme disease presents itself in horses is extraordinarily variable, testing is unreliable, and veterinarians have different opinions about treatment.

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