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Clostridium infections in foals: Sick babies?

Newborn foals are vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, many of which cause diarrhea. Risks for certain diseases will vary, depending on the farm where foals are born. One of the most dangerous gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections in foals is caused by certain species and types of Clostridium. These are hardy, spore-forming bacteria that are often present in the environment and in the GI tract of normal, healthy horses and other livestock. There are many different species of Clostridium, including those that cause tetanus, botulism, black disease, malignant edema, “redwater” in cattle and blackleg.

Heather Wells at 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses near Boulder, WY, says this devastating disease began affecting foals on their farm six years ago.

“Cattle and horses get a lot of similar things, but cattle seem more resistant to some of the diseases. Foals are more delicate,” she says.

Newborn foals are vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, many of which cause diarrhea. Risks for certain diseases will vary, depending on the farm where foals are born. One of the most dangerous gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections in foals is caused by certain species and types of Clostridium. These are hardy, spore-forming bacteria that are often present in the environment and in the GI tract of normal, healthy horses and other livestock. There are many different species of Clostridium, including those that cause tetanus, botulism, black disease, malignant edema, “redwater” in cattle and blackleg.

Heather Wells at 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses near Boulder, WY, says this devastating disease began affecting foals on their farm six years ago.

“Cattle and horses get a lot of similar things, but cattle seem more resistant to some of the diseases. Foals are more delicate,” she says.

Newborn foals are vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, many of which cause diarrhea. Risks for certain diseases will vary, depending on the farm where foals are born. One of the most dangerous gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections in foals is caused by certain species and types of Clostridium. These are hardy, spore-forming bacteria that are often present in the environment and in the GI tract of normal, healthy horses and other livestock. There are many different species of Clostridium, including those that cause tetanus, botulism, black disease, malignant edema, “redwater” in cattle and blackleg.

Heather Wells at 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses near Boulder, WY, says this devastating disease began affecting foals on their farm six years ago.

“Cattle and horses get a lot of similar things, but cattle seem more resistant to some of the diseases. Foals are more delicate,” she says.

Newborn foals are vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, many of which cause diarrhea. Risks for certain diseases will vary, depending on the farm where foals are born. One of the most dangerous gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections in foals is caused by certain species and types of Clostridium. These are hardy, spore-forming bacteria that are often present in the environment and in the GI tract of normal, healthy horses and other livestock. There are many different species of Clostridium, including those that cause tetanus, botulism, black disease, malignant edema, “redwater” in cattle and blackleg.

Heather Wells at 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses near Boulder, WY, says this devastating disease began affecting foals on their farm six years ago.

“Cattle and horses get a lot of similar things, but cattle seem more resistant to some of the diseases. Foals are more delicate,” she says.

Newborn foals are vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases, many of which cause diarrhea. Risks for certain diseases will vary, depending on the farm where foals are born. One of the most dangerous gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections in foals is caused by certain species and types of Clostridium. These are hardy, spore-forming bacteria that are often present in the environment and in the GI tract of normal, healthy horses and other livestock. There are many different species of Clostridium, including those that cause tetanus, botulism, black disease, malignant edema, “redwater” in cattle and blackleg.

Heather Wells at 7 Lazy K Quarter Horses near Boulder, WY, says this devastating disease began affecting foals on their farm six years ago.

“Cattle and horses get a lot of similar things, but cattle seem more resistant to some of the diseases. Foals are more delicate,” she says.


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