EQUINE COGGINS TESTING
The Coggins test detects equine infectious anemia (EIA) -- a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease of horses.
In the acute form of EIA, horses experience fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite and may die within weeks even if they receive aggressive treatment. The Coggins test detects antibodies to the EIA virus. The only way to help prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease is to identify infected horses and then separate or isolate them.
If your horse attends equine events or is transported across state lines, you will probably be required to show a current, negative Coggins test result.
The Coggins test is performed to identify infected horses and help prevent the disease from spreading to healthy horses. Horse owners should have Coggins tests performed annually and test all new horses arriving on their farm. Horse owners are usually required to submit a current, negative Coggins test result when they attend equine events. A current, negative Coggins test result is required to transport horses across state lines. Most stables require new boarders to provide a negative test result.
Contact Quakertown Veterinary Clinic today to find out more and to schedule Coggins testing for your horse:(215) 515-6909.
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