CPL or Feather Mites?

Why is CPL so frequently misdiagnosed as Feather Mites Damage?

CPL? Feather mites? … Or both?

The devastating discovery that they have been unaware of their horse’s condition because of a misdiagnosis or misunderstanding is something owners find very difficult to deal with.

This is why we see some horses with very mild, superficial mites damage that never changes, even into old age. There isn’t usually any oedema present, or if there is it dissipates quickly once exercised, so we know the lymphatics in the affected areas are working well.

In some ways it is lucky for horse owners that CPL management can mainly be done at home and without expensive vet bills. There is very little that can be done clinically for CPL horses beyond the occasional need for antibiotics and steroids. But the work of a good, knowledgeable vet is more than just their ability to prescribe – many CPL owners come to the realisation that their horse is affected all of a sudden, often after years of being completely unaware and we are told time and again on a daily basis that they just wish their vet believed them and would be more helpful and supportive.

“C. bovis infestation may affect the progression of chronic pastern dermatitis (also known as chronic proliferative pastern dermatitis, chronic progressive lymphoedema and dermatitis verrucosa) in draft horses, manifesting with oedema, lichenification and excessive skin folds that can progress to verruciform lesions.”

Combined moxidectin and environmental therapy do not eliminate Chorioptes bovis infestation in heavily feathered horses
Silvia Rüfenacht Petra J. Roosje Heinz Sager Marcus G. Doherr Reto Straub Pamela Goldinger‐Müller Vincent Gerber

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