Vesicular stomatitis is back this year in Colorado.
If you plan to attend our Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 shows at Boulder County Fairgrounds, we appreciate your help in preventing the spread of VS. We will have vet checks each morning 7:00-8:00 a.m. before the shows, or you'll need to bring a health certificate for your horse that has been issued within the previous 72 hours.
As of Aug. 16, there are quarantined premises in Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Delta, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Pueblo, and Weld counties.
Details about the spread in Colorado is available at the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture website.
Horses with the virus develop a fever and may have blisters on the lips, mouth, and sometimes around the coronary bands, in the ears, or on the sheath or udder. They may also salivate excessively and/or refuse to eat. The American Association of Equine Practitioners website has more info.
Black flies, sand flies, and midges are known to transmit the virus, but there may be other insect vectors that have not yet been identified. Insect control is the best way to prevent the disease from spreading, along with not sharing water and feed buckets.
Notify your vet ASAP if you notice any lesions, as this disease is contagious and the lesions can be very painful for the animal.
We don't have a lot of links here yet, so it may not qualify as a "Link-O-Rama." But contact us if you have suggestions for sites to add. And please let us know if you find any broken links below.
Most of the links we include will be horse-related, but we might throw in a few others to keep things interesting.
Boulder County Fairgrounds -- bouldercounty.org
Boulder County Horse Association -- boulderhorse.org
Colorado Department of Agriculture -- colorado.gov/aganimals
Colorado Horse Council -- coloradohorsecouncil.com
Colorado State University Extension --
extension.colostate.edu (Information on agriculture, plants and gardening, small acreage management, weed identification, 4-H and more.)
Pony Of the Americas National Office -- poac.org
Pony Of the Americas Club Facebook page -- facebook.com/ponyoftheamericas
Utah Pony Of the Americas Club -- utahpoaclub.weebly.com