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‘Devastated’ owners say deaths could have been prevented

Talk radio plays in the background of a barn, a rooster crows and ducks quack. But the sound of Newfoundland ponies clomping across the floor is gone.

In Winterton, Canada two owners are mourning the sudden loss of their two ponies, which are believed to have died from botulism, a highly fatal, neurologic disease often […]

Meet the villain: Clostridium botulinum

Every story has an antagonist, and the story of equine botulism is no different.

In this case, the villain is a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which produces the neurotoxin that causes equine botulism.

These Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria are anaerobic, which means they flourish in conditions with low oxygen, such as decaying forage. They most often are […]