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Botulism and Horses

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Our veterinary experts answer your questions about the causes, clinical signs, prevention, and treatment of botulism in horses. Botulism bacteria cause "shaker foal syndrome" and can be deadly in adult animals.

About the Experts

Amy Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Amy Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (LAIM and Neurology), is an assistant professor of large animal medicine and neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interest is in large animal neurology, particularly in regards to diagnostic testing for neurologic conditions such as botulism and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM).

James Little, DVM

James Little, DVM, serves as senior technical service veterinarian for Bayer Healthcare Animal Health. In this role he provides support for Bayer’s equine products by interacting with veterinarians in various ways, including responding to technical questions or concerns. Prior to working as a technical veterinarian, Little spent 13 years in private practice focusing on equine and beef cattle.

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