Lyme Disease in the Equine

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by the spirochetal (corkscrew shaped) bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is most commonly transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes spp ticks, commonly referred to as "deer ticks" or "black legged ticks".

Horses living in Lyme disease endemic regions may become infected with Borrelia burgdorferi via the bite of infected Ixodes species ticks.

Clinical signs (symptoms) of Lyme disease appear in less than 10 % of horses that are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. The most common symptoms are lameness and behavioral changes. The lameness is usually associated with larger joints (not the foot), and frequently shifts from limb to limb. The horse may appear to have a generalized stiffness. Fever may or may not be present. Occasionally, laminitis (an inflammation of the tissues inside the hoof wall) has been associated with Lyme disease.

Current Therapies for Horses with Lyme Disease

We recommend the use of Karbo Combo® for horses with Lyme Disease. The objective of Karbo Combo® is to attach and bind to the surface lectins of pathogenic viruses, bacteria, ptotozoa and toxins, therefore rendering them incapable of colonization and reproduction.

Karbo Combo® consists of encapsulated enzymes, vitamins, bacteria and large numbers of mannan and glucan oligosaccharides. In addition, the formula also contains glycocomponents necessary for tying up and neutralizing various toxins.

Karbo Combo®

Recommended amount of Karbo Combo®
for horses with Lyme Disease:
Animal Weight Amount Frequency
Foals 1/2 ounce AM&PM
400# 1/2 ounce AM&PM
600# 3/4 ounce AM&PM
800# 1 ounce AM&PM
1000# 1 1/2 ounces AM&PM
1500# 2 ounces AM&PM
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