Beat Botulism

Botulism is largely avoidable, but should your horse encounter this disease, immediate veterinary treatment could save his life.

Sometimes a feeding decision might seem harmless in itself, and even economical. But its result could be deadly: “The person in question poured bags of horse feed into a big bin, then parceled out the feed from the bin. After many years of doing this, he decided to feed all of the feed, some of which had been at the bottom of the bin for years,” recalls George McCommon, DVM, of an incident that occurred when he was practicing as a racetrack veterinarian in Delaware.

Shortly thereafter, two of the horses fell ill. “T

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