Washington Horse Positive for Pigeon Fever

A horse in Kitsap County, Washington, is positive for pigeon fever and is receiving private vet care, according to the state vet office.
Kitsap County, Washington
A horse in Kitsap County, Washington, is positive for pigeon fever and is receiving private vet care, according to the state vet office. | Wikimedia Commons

The state vet office confirmed that a horse in Kitsap County, Washington, has tested positive for pigeon fever. The horse has draining from an abdominal swelling. It is currently under private vet care.

EDCC Health Watch is an Equine Network marketing program that utilizes information from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) to create and disseminate verified equine disease reports. The EDCC is an independent nonprofit organization that is supported by industry donations in order to provide open access to infectious disease information.

About Pigeon Fever

Pigeon fever is a bacterial infection that affects cattle and horses. It can cause large abscesses, most commonly on the chest and under the belly. Horses become infected when bacteria enters through broken skin, such as small scrapes or wounds. Peak season for infection is late summer through fall.

Good horse health safety practices are key to limiting the spread of pigeon fever. These practices include:

  • Fly control;
  • Not sharing water buckets or equipment; and
  • Avoiding tying horses in high-traffic areas.

If a horse owner suspects that their animal is affected, they should contact their veterinarian.

Brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim, The Art of the Horse
SHARE THIS STORY
CATEGORIES
TAGS
RELATED ARTICLES
Ohio-2-Counties
2 Ohio Horses Positive for EHV
Armstrong-County-PA
EHV Case Confirmed in Pennsylvania Boarding Facility
Ontario_WellingtonCounty_Wiki
2 Ontario Broodmares Positive for Strangles
Pierce-County-WI
4 Wisconsin Horses Positive for Strangles
EDCC HEALTH ALERTS
Don’t miss an important EDCC Health Alert! Get alerts delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for Practical Horseman’s newsletter.

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Country*

Additional Offers

Additional Offers
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.