With the State Fair coming up next week it is important to keep in mind biosecurity, even when there is not a current outbreak of a disease. Just with any large equine event, the chance of your horse becoming exposed to a disease is present. The State Fair is a great event for the whole family and should be enjoyed. So I am sharing a blog from a fellow veterinarian about good biosecurity measures that you can do not only for the State Fair, but all large equine events that you attend.
In the face of the outbreak, can I still attend Midwest Horse Fari?
Toria Waldron, DVM Badger Veterinary Hospital
Keep clean! Practice good biosecurity
- 1) Keep the petting of horses down to a minimum. If you are touching horses, wash hands or use hand sanitizer in between horses.
- 2) Change clothes and shower before coming in contact with your own horses.
- 3) Disinfect boots, tack, or other equipment prior to bring them back to your own horses.
- 1) Horses should comply with the health regulation guidelines for the event.
- 2) Avoid nose to nose contact of horses.
- 3) Use your own water and feed buckets.
- 4) Do not share tack or other equipment including hoses, rakes, shovels, etc.
- 5) If you have concerns about your horse while participating in the event, take a rectal temperature and notify a veterinarian if the temperature exceeds 102.0 F.
What is the best way to disinfect equipment?
- 1) Since disinfectants do not work as well in the face of organic material (manure, bedding, food, etc..) it is important to remove all this material prior to disinfecting.
- 2) Then wash the equipment with soap and water and allow adequate time for the equipment to dry.
- 3) Apply a disinfectant and comply with the label recommendations regarding application, contact times, and safety information. Useful disinfectants include: diluted bleach water (1:10 dilution), Phenolic disinfectants (1-Stroke, Syn-Phenol), or Accelerated hydrogen peroxide products (Virkon).