Heart Infections

We wanted to share this article from thehorse.com since one of our residents was very recently treated for endocarditis. Fitz' heart infection is believed to be a complication of badly infected teeth and long-standing periodontal disease.

Important points to note:

"Relatively rare in horses, endocarditis develops from bacteria circulating in the blood secondary to a primary infection elsewhere in the body."

"Early detection is key in treating endocarditis, which requires high doses of antibiotics for four to six weeks. However, prevention is the best plan,