Grace was Hip Number 301 at Camelot Auction on 9/22/2010. She was sold to the feedlot which means that she was at risk of going to slaughter. She ended up on the Camelot Horse Weekly Facebook page and a lady in VA fell in love.
The lady bought Grace and brought her to VA. Shortly after her arrival, they noticed some unsteadiness and wobblieness in her rear. She saw the vet imeadiately and was diagnosed with EPM. Her test results came back so high that the vet recommended that if there was to be any hope, she needed Marquis, a very expensive but very effective EPM medication.
Grace’s new owner was in a panic because she had spent a lot of money buying Grace and bringing her home. She didn’t have money left to pay for her medicine. She notified CHW and said she would give Grace to any rescue who would get her the help she needed.
We saw her cry for help and contacted her. Grace has been surrendered to CVHR but is staying at her previous owner’s so that it minimizes stress during her treatment. Thanks to One Horse At A Time for giving us an EPM grant and to her private Angels who are listed below, Grace received her first month of Marquis.
Before we decided on this course of treatment, we contacted the vet school at Virginia Tech and spoke with the vets there. This was the course of treatment that they recommended because of her high titre.
Dr. Martha tells me that Grace is recovering as well as can be expected. She may always have some residual nerve damage but her initial response to the medication is very encouraging. Her test results were so high that Dr. Martha would like Grace to have a second course of Marquis. This will make sure that all the protozoa are dead and the disease will not come back.
Marquis is $725 for a month. We have authorized the vet to order it and begin treatment. She is selling it to us at her cost. If you can help out with this cost, we would greatly appreciate it. Our paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org Please mark the donation for Saving Grace.
- One Horse At A Time
UPDATE!! Grace has finished her final course of treatment with Marquis and her vet is very happy with the results. She is now off the medication and showing no symptoms of EPM. Here are a couple pictures of her first day out with the other horses.