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Botulism in Horses: Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing Botulism in Your Horse Botulism is a neurologic disease caused by bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that is fatal in horses. Horses are the most susceptible species to this particular bacterium and researchers are still trying to figure out why this is. This bacterium is classified as a “Category A” because it can be used as a bioterrorism weapon and is…

Sweeney Shoulder (Suprascapular Neuropathy) in Horses

Sweeney Shoulder – Diagnosis Sweeney Shoulder in horses is recognized by atrophy or “wasting away” of the muscles that are located in the shoulder area. This is caused by damage to the suprascapular nerve that controls the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Triceps muscles. This condition may also be caused by a sudden movement or weight change from the front end of…

Acorn Poisoning in Livestock Animals

The Dangers of Livestock Acorn Poisoning Acorn poisoning most commonly occurs in sheep but can also affect horses, cattle, and goats. It is caused by eating an excessive amount of acorns, oak leaves or branches from an oak tree. Although this is toxic to these particular livestock animals, it isn’t necessarily toxic to other animals that require this type of…