I used a 4DX Snap test from work to test my horse (the test is validated for horses in a peer-reviewed paper, which my horse vet was not aware of) and my horse was, as expected, positive. He's had all of the symptoms of chronic Lyme. Spooky, muscle soreness, sensitive to touch, intermittent shifting lameness, grumpy, NQR basically.
My vet seemed to not want to accept a diagnosis based on a Snap test positive. Maybe she was upset that I diagnosed him myself? She wants to send out for a PCR at Cornell before starting treatment, because "treatment has risks". I'm reluctant to spend another $80 to tell me what I already know, my horse has Lyme. The barn vet day is Friday, so I can discuss it more then, but in the meantime curious if my vet is behind the times in diagnosis. What would you do?
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I don't know much about the snap test, but last year my horse tested positive (20,000) on an ELISA titer (vet #1 wanted to treat), but negative on the Cornell test (with new vet one week after titer). Glad I didn't treat Lyme that wasn't there.
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My horse was just diagnosed with the Cornell test. It can differentiate between a new or chronic infection. Here is a good article about the Cornell test:
Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
The snap test for dogs, human and horse has always been presented as unreliable with false positives and negatives. I typically do Western Blot and now the Cornell test for canine and equine. I'd rather spend the money on one reliable test rather than two. Just my preference. It may not be the right option for other people.
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