Botulism & Shaker Foal


Botulism: A Deadly Toxin

March 02, 2010

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Beat Botulism

March 01, 2010

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse's life.... Read More


Equine Grass Sickness Reviewed

January 07, 2010

A fatal gastrointestinal disease once limited to Scotland is being seen more frequently in certain parts of the world due to geographical progression, said British researchers. Frequently occurring throughout Great Britain, equine gr... Read More


Botulism Reviewed for World Equine Vets

November 23, 2009

An overview of botulism was given at the 2009 WEVA Congress by Nathan M. Slovis DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT (certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy), director of the McGee Critical Care and Medical Center at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in... Read More


Botulism in the Horse

August 19, 2009

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Botulism in Horses: A Deadly Disease

June 25, 2009

Botulism is a deadly disease caused by the toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin is a potent neurotoxin that impairs nerve function, including those of the diaphragm, leading to paralysis. When the... Read More


Vet Confirms Botulism Caused Recent Wyoming Horse Deaths

May 31, 2009

A dozen horses that died in a pasture west of Casper, Wyo., last month had botulism, according to a report appearing on

George Marble, DVM, said three... Read More


New Equine Fact Sheets Available on

March 06, 2009 now offers additional Fact Sheets on topics our readers have indicated are important to them based on searched terms, reader views on that topic, surveys/polls, and personal communications.

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Botulism: A Perfect Killer

March 03, 2009

Horses are highly susceptible to botulism toxins; vaccination and feed/water management are key to prevention.... Read More


Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 06, 2009

A look at equine vaccine options, the necessity of each, and how to plan for boosters throughout the year. ... Read More


Vaccination Yearly Planner

January 01, 2009

Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner.... Read More


Consider Vaccinating Horses Against Botulism

November 02, 2008

The recent deaths of approximately 100 horses in Florida in an apparent outbreak of equine botulism have highlighted the need for a better understanding of the causes of the dreaded disease, and how it can be prevented.

Haylage contaminated... Read More


100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

October 10, 2008

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis... Read More


Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More


Vaccination Essentials: Tetanus, Rabies, and Botulism

April 04, 2008

Ask any veterinarian anywhere in North America and they’ll agree: tetanus and rabies vaccinations are a must.... Read More


Botulism: A Perfect Killer

December 01, 2007

Horses are highly susceptible to botulism toxins; vaccination and feed/water management are key to prevention.

Botulism is an often-lethal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. Although... Read More


"Tuesday Talk" Highlights Neurologic Issues

December 24, 2006

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center presented "Equine Neurological Issues Over the Life Course" during its first Tuesday Talk session of the season. The seminar, which was held in Leesburg, Virginia, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, featured Martin O.... Read More


Equine Internists Help Beau Beat Botulism

June 23, 2006

Beau's bright, interested eyes and shiny coat do not give any indication that he was at death's door just a few months ago. On June 1, the chocolate-colored Rocky Mountain Horse gelding was a guest for the American College of Veterinary Internal... Read More


Vets Watch for Hurricane-Related Illnesses

October 12, 2005

With water pooling in places that it normally doesn't and sharp debris all around, horse owners can't help but wonder if conditions left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will cause an increase in the reports of illnesses such as tetanus,... Read More


Botulism (Book Excerpt)

October 05, 2005

Botulism is the most potent biologic toxin known, and horses are highly sensitive to its presence and effects. The clinical effect on the horse may become severe enough to cause the horse to become recumbent and eventually to die from paralysis ... Read More


Vaccination Essentials: Rabies, Tetanus, and Botulism

February 01, 2005

Editor's Note: This is the second in a 12-part series of articles on vaccinations for horses.

Ask veterinarians anywhere in North America and they'll likely agree: If you vaccinate for nothing else, at the very least vaccinate... Read More


Beware Botulism in Wet Weather

January 11, 2005

Wet weather is known to give rise to increases in some equine diseases, including botulism, Potomac horse fever, and mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, and Eastern, Western, and Venezuelean equine encephalitis. One veterinarian at... Read More


Grass Sickness Linked to Clostridium botulinum Bacterium

May 01, 2004

United Kingdom (U.K.) researchers recently found that grass sickness is strongly associated with low antibody levels to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, indicating that affected horses couldn't fight off infection. Findings from the... Read More

A Belgian mare with botulism is placed into a hydraulic lift at Ohio State University.


Beware of Botulism!

November 01, 2003

Botulism is not seen frequently in horses, but some areas are more prone to this deadly disease than others.... Read More


Vaccination Protocols and Internal Parasite Controls

July 29, 2003

Preventing infectious diseases and parasites from attacking our horses are primary concerns for every horse owner. James D. Smith, DVM, a practitioner at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates, PLLC, in Lexington, Ky., and Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD,... Read More