Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a viral disease that usually
affects horses and cattle. While it seldom poses a serious threat
to the life of affected animals, it is very important in our
country because the clinical signs are almost indistinguishable
from Foot and Mouth Disease, a disease that has been eradicated
from North America for decades. Therefore, our animal health
agencies have made VS a reportable disease.
Animals with VS or those that have been exposed to the disease
are quarantined to the premises. However, under some circumstances
the Texas Animal Health Commission will allow movement of these
animals in emergency situations to travel to a veterinary hospital
that has appropriate isolation facilities. Our isolation facilities
have been recognized by the Texas Animal Health Commission as safe
and appropriate for the isolation of VS-quarantined horses.
Therefore, we are proud to be able to accept these horses for
treatment of serious diseases to the extent that our isolation
facilities are available. We will accept VS-quarantined horses for
treatment providing that:
- one of our VMTH veterinarians has discussed the case by
telephone with the referring veterinarian treating the horse and
both of them have determined that it is essential that the horse
come to our hospital for treatment
- the Texas Animal Health Commission has been notified and has
authorized that the horse may leave the quarantined premises ( we
will call to make arrangements for this)
- we have adequate isolation facilities available.
We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our referring
equine practitioners and to the horse owners of Texas.