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Date:7/23/2014 5:36:15 AM
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so good to hear from you! pigeon fever is also known as dryland distemper. it has nothing to do with pigeons and is called that because the classic abscess forms in the horse's chest area giving him a puffed chest pigeon look. it's passed from a bacteria that biting flies carry. i'm keeping smooch covered so that, hopefully, no fly bites him then goes and bites one of my other horses. if you google it you can find lots of info. it's normally not here in TX because we're humid. it thrives in dry climates. we're in a severe drought right now so it's moving in. neither of the vets that i use have seen a case here. i'll know for sure if it is truly pigeon fever when the culture gets in. it's not lethal and they get over it fairly quickly.
i'm headed out to feed and then do smooch's wound care. he's better with the separation from the others today. he just whinnied at them when they left for turn out and resumed eating the grass in my yard. i'm keeping him in my covered arena, then my yard for some grazing. the others go out into my pasture.
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