Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)—a protozoal disease that causes inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord in horses—can be difficult to diagnose. That’s because many of the signs of EPM can vary and imitate other health issues, making it easy to overlook.
The new Dontstall.com website, developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and presented by Marquis® (15% w/w ponazuril) Antiprotozoal Oral Paste, aims to help veterinarians accurately identify EPM by providing updated diagnostic tools consolidated in a centralized location. The site includes an online neurological exam form that can be downloaded and shared electronically and an interactive EPM diagnostic tool that walks users through a series of questions (signs, diagnostic procedures, test results) to determine the likelihood of EPM.
“As the equine veterinarian must be an expert in so many areas, the Dontstall.com website helps provide the tools needed to provide a thorough, detailed neurological exam that can then assist the veterinarian in evaluating whether EPM is likely and more testing, such as a spinal tap, is needed,” says Sarah Reuss, VMD, DACVIM, Equine Professional Services Veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim.
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The company worked with a team of veterinarians and researchers specializing in neurological diseases to create the site, including: Steve Reed DVM, DACVIM, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Amy Johnson, DVM, DACVIM, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Rob MacKay, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
The site also includes patient-facing resources, such as the downloadable STALL Sheet, which can help the veterinarian educate horse owners about the signs of EPM—stumbling, tilted head, asymmetrical muscle loss, lameness or gait abnormality and leaning against walls.
“While performing a consistent neurological exam and EPM diagnosis are key, anything veterinarians can do to help empower horse owners to identify the signs and get the veterinarian involved sooner can ultimately help the horse as well,” Reuss says.
About the Equine Business of Boehringer Ingelheim
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About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim is the second-largest animal health business in the world, with net sales of almost $4.7 billion (3.9 billion euros) worldwide in 2018, about 10,000 employees and a presence in more than 150 markets. We have pioneered advancements in vaccines, parasite-control products and therapeutics that limit pain and slow disease, and we aim to create the future of animal wellbeing for pets, horses and livestock by focusing on prevention.
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Improving the health of humans and animals is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The focus in doing so is on diseases for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. The company therefore concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention.
Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation daily for the three business areas: human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals. In 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around $20.7 billion (17.5 billion euros). R&D expenditure of about $3.8 billion (3.2 billion euros), corresponded to 18.1 per cent of net sales.
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