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  • kendra_seelhoff Original Poster
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    My Belgium /Tb was diagnosed with EPM. I wanted people to know that there is only a 40% success rate with Marquis. My vet has had 95% success with the drug Orogin, by Pathogens out of Fla. It is a10 day treatment! It has made a big difference! We are retesting latter this week. If you are looking for an alternative to the FDA, over priced treatments ask your vet to call Pathogens. No side effects either!

    Nancy
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    Was that given early? I take care of an older mare as a volunteer at Thoroughbred place FLTRAC, she’s had it a while. Not great control on one side of her body, that swings around and you have to keep ahead of her when hand grazing or she would run over you. She seems to have a mind of her own. I bought some natural stuff to get rid of the parasite then regenerate cells/ nerves. I’m not sure they used it, it sounded good. Does your horse have neurological symptoms? I will ask my vet about your stuff. is it costly? let us all know the outcome. Thanks.

    Joan Fry
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    They all have neurological symptoms, Nancy. That’s the nature of the disease. But the problems can be in various parts of the body. Once EPM is diagnosed, you have to kill the protozoa off without killing the horse in the process. The earlier you catch it, the more success you’re likely to have. I got Scout when he was 16, and nobody knew how long he’d had it. Treatment helped a lot, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Kendra, I hope for a better outcome for your mare.

    kendra_seelhoff Original Poster
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    Joan, My Belgium/ Tb is a gelding. We notice attitude changes starting last summer. He is in heavy training, and began having weakness in his rear end, including cross cantering. He was San Antoino, 2014 3’0 jumper champion. 10 day treatment he did was $300, the blood tests were $120. He is back to my happy boy, and is getting retested tomorrow. I believe Orogin is a wonderful alternative treatment.The specific blood tests are EPM peptide, ELISA 3way, SAG, and CRP. I just want people to know there are safe alternatives to Matquis.

    Mapale Mapale
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    kendra,
    Thank you for putting that information out there. Joan Fry just lost her beloved Scout yesterday to EPM. She fought hard for him, but in the end she just did not get to him soon enough, he had EPM when she got him and did everything humanly possible to fight it. It was just too late for Scout. I’m so grateful that Joan had him for what time they had because Joan gave him a fighting chance and a loving friend in his last days. God bless her and all those who fight EPM, it’s a devastating illness.

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    kendra_seelhoff Original Poster
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    Mapale,

    No problem. There are skeptics about Orogin, but my thought is- who cares what they say-if it clears the Protozoa, and it works, why not give it a try, what do you have to lose. I saw two friends lose there horses to EPM, both used Marquis, without any relief. My vet was the one to suggest Orogin. He has had multiple success with the drug! I felt it was a no brainier.

    Joan Fry
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    Nancy, welcome back to horses (I read another of your posts), and good for you for volunteering. It’s a great way to get started again. Here’s an overview of EPM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equine_protozoal_myeloencephalitis
    For more accurate and up-to-date information, check Google. There’s at least one vet school that has written about EPM, and I can even understand most of it. It’s about the fourth website on that page. I spelled out the disease in full to get that particular list of sources.

    Kendra, sorry I mixed up Nancy’s mare with your gelding. You brought up a very good point. The new, shiny, highly-touted (and very expensive) treatment may not always be the best treatment. But the pharmaceutical company that created it and/or is marketing it has a big advertising budget that enables it to put full-page ads in all the horse magazines and get the word out to veterinarians all over the country. Meanwhile, less expensive products that work better but are not advertised as aggressively get lost in the shuffle. The same thing happens with products for humans. Thanks for the heads-up, and I’m very glad your boy survived his bout with EPM. And hooray to you for being willing to try something different.

    kendra_seelhoff Original Poster
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    No problem! Best Wishes, kendra

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