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WE CAN DO SOMETHING TO ENCOURAGE THE SHERIFF TO ARREST THE PERP IN THE YANAHA CASE…! And an update!






Did any of you miss Yanaha’s story?  If so, you can read it here.

Basically… he (allegedly) cut out her genitals because she wouldn’t breed his stud.  She sat in a field like that for 3.5 weeks.  Now she is in the warm hands of Rockport Horse Rescue being tended to daily.  Yanaha’s vets have created a protocol to heal her wounds and are now working on finding the cause for her right rear leg lameness.

(See below on how to get the Sheriff to arrest the known perp.)

She needs our help to heal.

Yanaha is alert and doing well.  But, they need to figure out what is wrong with her right rear leg... She needs an MRI but the travel to Texas A&M will probably cause her wound to split open...

Yanaha is alert and doing well. But, they need to figure out what is wrong with her right rear non weight bearing leg…

UPDATE:

Yanaha is doing incredibly well – considering…  The wounds on her front leg and female parts are healing.  She is eating, drinking and very alert… grazing, playing and whinnying.  Yes, she can urinate but it runs down her leg.  Eventually, when she heals (and pushing doesn’t hurt), she will be able to deficate normally.

Rockport Horse Rescue and their veterinarians have been very busy trying to ascertain the next move for her recovery.  The challenge is her non-weight bearing right rear leg.

Xrays of her leg show no damage to the bones, which is good.  But, they need to find out if the issue is a soft tissue or nerve injury.  (They believe the knife cut or nicked a tendon, ligament or nerve.)

Once the decision is made on the next protocol, Yanaha will have to travel to get to the big equipment.  The problem with trailering for Yanaha is that she tends to split open her incisions around her excised female parts when she travels.  So, they are not real keen to have her travel – yet they know it is in her best interest to use the finest diagnostic equipment medicine has to offer.

Yanaha on Sunday.

Yanaha on Sunday. You’d never know what she has endured… by looking at her here.

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What a funny girl!

WHAT WE CAN DO TO ENCOURAGE THE SHERIFF TO ARREST THE PERP

I’ve taken this information directly off of the Rockport Horse Rescue Facebook page.  You can also follow along with update on that FB page as well.

“UPDATE:  They know who (allegedly) did this to Yanaha!  TIME TO TAKE ACTION.  ACCORDING TO THE HERALD NEWSPAPER:
 “Please take two minutes and call/email Sheriff Moody of San Patricio County and tell him we demand justice for Yannaha! The Herald newspaper named Arturo Aleman of Gregory as the person who “allegedly” did this but no arrest has been made. The district attorney can not prosecute without an arrest and a case to work with. Sheriff needs to be pressured into making an arrest! Please help.
Call Sheriff Moody: 361-364-2251
Email Moody: smoody@co.san-patricio.tx.us
Email Administrative Assistant Diana: sp.admin@co.san-patricio.tx.us “

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A VACCINE FOR PIGEON FEVER!






Our area has a local Trail Rider’s Association called Gold Country Trails Council.  I am not a very visible member and I don’t participate in much (my ba – no time), but I do pay my dues and get involved with their email information system – which I love!

If you don’t have a trails association in your area, you might consider forming one just for the email perks!  We are constantly keeping each other aware of whatever is happening, what needs to be done, what is selling, who is moving, medical news, virus outbreaks, bear sightings, dental specials… and it is great!

As an example of this great system, this week we all learned about this incredibly tenacious vet from Bend, Oregon, who took it upon himself to create a vaccine for Pigeon Fever.  (I’ve written about Pigeon Fever previously here… the internal type is often fatal.)

Wow!  Good going, Doc!

The original article is linked here.

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PIGEON FEVER VACCINE!

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Bend-based veterinarian develops vaccine for Pigeon Fever

In the late summer and early fall of 2011, Dr. Patrick Young found himself treating horses on a daily basis for pigeon fever, a painful and debilitating disease.

“I just felt sorry for the horses and their owners,” says Young, an equine lameness and sports medicine veterinarian at The Athletic Horse in Bend.

So he did what anyone who studied both animal and biomedical sciences would do, of course: He developed a vaccine.

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What is pigeon fever?

Pigeon fever (also called pigeon breast, dryland distemper, and Colorado strangles) is a bacterial infection characterized by deep intramuscular abscesses, says Dr. Paul Edmonds of Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Redmond.

It’s highly contagious and very painful but rarely fatal.

The abscess formations most commonly appear externally in the pectoral area by the breast muscles, along the midline or underside of the belly, or in the armpit or groin.

The abscesses cause a puffed-out appearance resembling a pigeon’s breast, which is how the disease gets its name.

Abscesses may appear internally in the horse’s lungs, liver, kidneys or other organs, and the lymph nodes and legs can also be affected.

Other symptoms include lethargy, stiffness and lameness from the pain and swelling, lack of appetite or fever, Edmonds says.

Pigeon fever occurs most commonly during dry months, when the bacteria thrive and flies are more prevalent.

The bacteria most likely enter a horse’s body through an open wound or fly bite or through mucous membranes.

The state doesn’t track infectious diseases in horses or other animals, but Edmonds says cases of pigeon fever do occur in Oregon annually.

“Incidence of disease fluctuates from year to year, possibly due to herd immunity and environmental factors such as temperature and rainfall,” he says.

Treatment typically involves lancing and draining the abscesses and occasionally a course of antibiotics.

Dr. Patrick Young hopes the vaccine will be available in 18 to 24 months.

The making of a vaccine

Because treatment can be such a long process – horses can take months to recover – and no vaccine had yet been developed, Young was motivated.

“I felt like I needed a vaccine for pigeon fever disease so that I could help protect my clients and patients,” he says.

A former Oklahoma resident, Young was in Central Oregon competing in the Pacific Crest triathlon when heard about the Bend Venture Conference.

After attending the event in October, he was inspired to pursue a vaccine and launch his biotechnology startup, Bird Dog Bioventures.

Young and his family moved to Central Oregon in June, and he relocated his veterinary practice to Bend.

To develop the vaccine, Young isolated the bacteria that causes pigeon fever from an equine patient in Oklahoma, cultured it and outsourced the vaccine development to Colorado Serum Company.

They purified, sterilized and inactivated the bacteria and added it to adjuvants, which stimulate the immune system.

After testing the vaccine’s safety, he conducted small clinical trials on horses in Oklahoma.

Three titers (tests that indicate an animal’s protection against a disease by measuring the levels of antibodies present in its blood) revealed the horses had developed a strong immune response.

“This technology’s not new,” Young says. “It’s just that nobody really jumped on board and said, ‘Why don’t we make a vaccine for this?”

Large biotechnology companies have little interest in pursuing vaccines that have only regional incidence, he says, preferring to invest in vaccines that can generate millions of dollars annually.

“They saw this as a risk and didn’t invest their resources,” he says, “so I did.”

Young is working towards a conditional license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with Colorado Serum and expects the vaccine will be available in about 18 to 24 months.

The USDA regulations prohibit him from using his existing vaccine across state lines.

If finds a horse with the disease here in Oregon, however, he could develop a local vaccine that would be available sooner.

In the meantime, Young is already working on several other projects, including a vaccine that would protect dogs against salmon poisoning, a potentially fatal condition that can affect dogs that eat raw fish in Northwest.

“My goal is not to get filthy rich doing this,” he says. “I just want to help do my part to help protect animals and their owners and give back the best I can.”

Preventing pigeon fever

Since flies are likely a primary means of transmitting pigeon fever, fly control is one of the most effective ways for preventing it.
Fly spray, sheets or repellents, as well as thorough manure cleanup, can limit the risk of disease.
Fly control is especially important if you have an infected horse on your property.
Get rid of any contaminated bedding or material used in treatment, clean stalls occupied by an infected horse and disinfect any equipment used on the horse.
Wear gloves when handling an infected horse, and change your clothes before handling a healthy horse. The bacteria can be carried on equipment, boots, tools or human hands.
Don’t use the same rakes, pitchforks or equipment to remove manure from other stalls if they were used in the stall of an infected horse.
Remove the top layer of soil in the area where the wound was drained, replacing it with clean soil or bedding.
Disinfectants such as bleach don’t work well on organic debris like dirt or manure, so don’t pour them on the ground.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association recommends examining your horse’s undersides daily for swelling.
Cattle, sheep and goats can also be infected with the bacteria.
–Sources: Dr. Paul Edmonds; Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

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