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Fever of Unknown Origin

by Robert N. Oglesby, DVM

Introduction

Occasionally a horse will present with fever and all the clinical signs that accompany a fever: depression, inappetance, and if it goes on for more than a few days dehydration and weight loss. Such nonspecific clinical signs can present as a diagnostic dilemma. This article outlines the routine to pursue a diagnosis, possible causes and links to detailed articles on the causes.
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Discussions on Fever of Unknown Origin
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iconHigh fever every morningAug 15, 11
iconTotally stumpedMar 1, 11
iconCoughing, fever, rapid breathing, fast pulse10 Oct 6, 10
iconOlder mare with persistent fever17 Aug 23, 10
iconGutteral Pouch Swelling & Occasional FeverJun 17, 10
iconHorrible experience 25 Apr 26, 10
iconHorse with Fever and lack of appetite45 Aug 29, 09
iconLosing the battle29 Aug 19, 12
iconFever with leukopenia and anemia19 Feb 24, 09
iconLeg swellingMar 19, 08
iconUnknown Origin Listless Not Eaten for 3 days11 Jan 18, 08
iconLyme - totally new direction with this horseNov 10, 07
iconReoccurring Lyme Sep 11, 07
iconDepression, fever, muscle atrophy, weight loss130 Jun 19, 08
iconPregnant mare with unknown high fevers for 4 weeksApr 17, 07
iconDeath of unknown origin18 Mar 22, 07
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