Signs of neurologic disease in horses can be subtle or devastatingly obvious. These conditions can produce a subtle lameness or a down horse with seizures and everything in between. Signs of neurologic disease include behavior change, difficulty eating, tripping, stumbling, incoordination, and much more. Potential neurologic conditions should be evaluated as soon as they are noticed, as these conditions may progress rapidly.
The most common neurologic disease in the Southern Pines area of North Carolina is Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). This disease can manifest in every range of clinical signs and can be difficult to diagnose. Other common neurologic diseases include viral encephalitis (EEE, WEE and West Nile Virus), bacterial meningitis, "wobblers" syndrome, cervical vertebral arthritis, tumors, trauma, polyneuritis equi, temporohyoid osteoarthropathy and much more.
Why Foundation Equine?
Dr. Kivett's internal medicine training leaves her well-prepared to evaluate, diagnose and treat many neurologic disorders. Her experience in the interpretation of a complete and detailed neurologic exam allows for accurate localization of the lesion, and the ability to narrow-down the list of possible diagnoses. From there, additional diagnostic testing and/or empirical treatment can be confidently recommended.