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Equine botulism leads to two deaths in Nova Scotia

Equine botulism is the cause behind two deaths at an animal rescue in Nova Scotia, Canada this month, with a third horse having been diagnosed, reports CBC.

Like many cases of equine botulism, the horses affected most likely became ill after eating hay that had been contaminated with the toxin-producing bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria […]

Risk-Based Vaccine: Botulism — American Association of Equine Practitioners

Clostridium botulinum is the most potent biological toxin known. The American Association of Equine Practitioners created this helpful resource on Clostridium botulinum Type B, which causes equine botulism, and the vaccine against it.

Neogen offers the vaccine BotVax B, which inoculates against botulism in three doses, each one month apart. BotVax B is the only […]

Piles of grass clippings are no treat for your horse

Are you tempted to cut your grass, then rake it into soft, fragrant, tasty piles of clippings for your horse to nibble? According to equine nutrition expert Dr. Juliet Getty, this should be the last thing you encourage your horse to eat. It has to do with that extra step: raking.

Grass clippings that stay […]

Botulism Type B: A Preventable, Deadly Disease

Equine botulism kills without warning, and seemingly, without a trace.

Please join us to learn more about this deadly disease and what you can do to protect your horses and foals.

It’s time to spread the word. It’s time to expose botulism.

What: A botulism seminar presented by Dr. Joe Lyman in […]

Botulism: More Deadly Than Wrinkles

In Hollywood, botulism is a cosmetic quick-fix used to reduce lines and wrinkles and provide a youthful glow. But in your barn, botulism is much scarier than aging skin. It’s a disease that can be very deadly and expensive to treat. In addition, there are many misconceptions: it’s only a problem in Kentucky, it […]

A tale with two endings

When it rains, it pours. This is unfortunately the case for a lot of things in life, and equine botulism is no exception. A recent article in The Fence Post relays the danger of the disease spreading quickly after one horse is infected.

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Combating equine botulism myths – Part five

Editor’s note: When it comes to equine botulism, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. In our latest series, we hope to tackle some common misconceptions about the disease. For our first post on a myth surrounding the geographic location of botulism, click here. For our second post on round bales, click here, for our […]

Combating equine botulism myths – Part four

Editor’s note: When it comes to equine botulism, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. In our latest series, we hope to tackle some common misconceptions about the disease. For our first post on a myth surrounding the geographic location of botulism, click here. For our second post on round bales, click here, and for […]

Not just botulism: Preventing secondary problems

When caring for a horse that has equine botulism, secondary health problems also are a concern.

Secondary problems are those that may not necessarily be derived from the toxin, but can happen as a result of the effects of the illness, such as the animal becoming recumbent. Horses with equine botulism can encounter a range […]

Botulism podcast available

A new podcast is helping to answer questions about equine botulism.

It features Dr. Amy Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, who has been a featured speaker on botulism several times on The Horse, along with Neogen veterinarians. In the latest podcast, Dr. Johnson discusses botulism types, prevalence and symptoms.

The […]