Question by  jj49 (19)

What should I know about pigeon fever in horses?

I own several horses and I have heard about this disease but need more information.


Answer by  Filmaniac3 (12)

Pigeon Fever is a bacterial disease which causes painful abcessed to form, often in sensitive areas like the scrotum or mammaries. Antiobiotics are ineffectual. It is best to allow these lesions to break and drain naturally. Flies may be responsible for spreading the disease so wash the legions thoroughly when they break. It is always advisable to see your veterinarian.


Answer by  JK (48)

Pigeon Fever is a bacteria which is spread by flies. The bacteria causes an abscess to form. The abcess will either pop on its own or need to be lanced by a veterinarian. There is no vaccination for Pigeon Fever.


Answer by  Clement (1453)

Pigeon fever is a bacteria-caused illness in horses that can manifest itself in lameness, fever, lethargy and weight loss. Moreover, it is usually accompanied by deep abscesses. Most of the infections in early fall.


Answer by  mani (813)

Pigeon fever starts out as a deep abscess,in the pectoral area and affect any part of a horse. Pigeon Fever may be transmitted to other horses through flies.


Answer by  sherry (211)

horses get this from birds that walk on infested ground and then they walk on the horse hay are wheat the horse is usually infect with this about 9 month before it show up and with the right antibo it goes away without any scaring


Answer by  jezeera (81)

Pigeon fever is a disease that is caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. The disease is accompanied by abscesses and sores along the pectoral muscles of the chest, midline of the belly and the groin area, getting its name due to the chest sores that swell up 'resembling a pigeon. '

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