Usually this time of year, horse owners are concerned with keeping their equine friends safe and healthy from the West Nile Virus.
But this summer, they have another ugly livestock virus to contend with-Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV). VSV infected horses and cattle have been found already in 2015 in Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona. VSV can also threaten other livestock species, including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
The main symptoms of VSV are slobbering, blisters, sores and sloughing
of skin in the mouth, on the tongue, on the muzzle, inside the ears and on the coronary band bove the hooves. Lameness and weight loss may also occur.
This week the Northern Ag Network’s Russell Nemetz talked with South Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven about the VSV and it’s unfortunate resemblance to Hoof and Mouth Disease.
He also explained if humans can contract Vesicular Stomatitis.
Dr. Oedekoven said horse owners need to do their part to help stop the spread of VSV.
Here’s a video courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) explaining VSV.
If you suspect VSV in your animals, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Sources: Northern Ag Network & AQHA