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Infographic: Vaccinating Your Horse

 

Vaccines can protect your horse from a wide range of threats, including snakebites, botulism, influenza, and much more. Learn how vaccines work, why they’re important, and which ones your horse needs in this step-by-step visual guide.

Combating equine botulism myths – Part two

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.

Myth: Horses only get botulism from round bales. Since I don’t […]

More than one route to toxicity: Toxoinfectious botulism (Part two)

Moderator’s note: Horses acquire botulism in one of three ways. This three-part series will delve into the different routes of transmission and prevention methods. Part one looked at forage poisoning.

Toxoinfectious botulism

When it comes to toxoinfectious botulism, foals are particularly at risk.

Toxoinfectious botulism occurs when a horse ingests Clostridium botulinum spores. Once in […]

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 […]

Spring: A time to vaccinate and watch for shaker foal

By Dr. James Little, DVM

Director of professional services

Neogen

As spring is commonly referred to as foaling season, spring is an important time to take some preventative measures when it comes to equine botulism.

Vaccinating for botulism is especially important for pregnant mares and foals as it helps prevent shaker foal […]