CBC News: Yarmouth horse owner spreads word about little-known tick-borne disease

Nov. 5th, 2019

A Yarmouth, N.S., horse owner wants others to know about anaplasma, a tick-borne disease that her horse, Sloane, contracted before Halloween.

“If you see swollen legs on your horse, it means something, do something,” said Sarah LeBlanc, Sloane’s owner.

Anaplasma causes serious fevers, loss of appetite and swollen and painful limbs. If a fever is left untreated, it can lead to other complications like laminitis, which can damage a horse’s hooves. Anaplasma is rarely fatal and usually responds well to treatment.

On Monday, LeBlanc received confirmation that a blood test determined Sloane had anaplasma and Lyme disease.

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