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Re: [RC] Heat - Salt licks - loose stools - lumps - Sky Ranch

Ok, obvious question -- at least to me -- how do horses get salmonella?  This is something that I associate with chickens, eggs, turkey, in other words, fowl.  In humans it can get ugly, with people who have suppressed immune systems, but how in the world do horses get this?  Bird droppings?
I have never heard of horses getting salmonella before.  Is this something new, or more prevalent, or a more virulent form?  Makes me wonder ----
Carla Richardson
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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] Heat - Salt licks - loose stools - lumps

A neighbor just brought her horse back from Purdue University Animal Hospital after rushing him there due to rapid and massive dehydration. He had diarrhea which is what started the whole dehydration process. They initially thought it was Potomac Fever but tests ruled that out. The horse was kept in isolation until they could determine if the problem was contagious or not. They then figured it was salmonella. He was treated with heavy doses of antibiotics and IV's. I don't know if they are 100% positive they diagnosed accurately. Consequently the horse is in his own pasture and can tough noses with his farm buddies but can't be in the same field. The vets feel that the cause might be passed through fecal matter.


At 03:51 PM 7/19/2006 -0400, you wrote:
I had a friend who almost lost her mare to this. The mare was hospitalized for a while and they determined it was salmonella.


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Re: [RC] Heat - Salt licks - loose stools - lumps, Pat Gluckin