Managing Pigeon Fever & Ranch Biosecurity
As many of you know, we like many others in the Northern Nevada and Northern California region, have recently dealt with Pigeon Fever at our ranch. Since there are many rumors circulating about this disease, we would like to address the current status here, how we managed it, and how we are moving forward.
For a concise overview of Pigeon Fever, this is a very easy to read doc from a reputable source- https://equinediseasecc.org/Content/ContentDocs/Pigeon%20Fever%20factsheet_final.pdf
We discovered our initial affected horse (Patient 0) on October 10, 2022 with an abscess on his ventral midline. While examining and cleaning the area, the abscess spontaneously opened. The Patient 0’s owner was notified, and their vet came out the same day to evaluate, diagnose, and drain the remainder of the abscess material. Afte