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Clostridium botulinum

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Etiology

Botulism can occur in farm animals. It is an intoxication caused by ingestion of the toxin of the organism which may reside in decaying feed or bedding. Phosphorus deficient animals have been known to chew on the carcasses of dead animals
Symptoms
Paralysis, weakness, difficulty breathing, drooling, trouble chewing, constipation, frequent urination, death.
Treatment
Rarely successful.
Prevention
Immediately dispose of all carcasses. Eliminate spoiled feed and decaying grasses. Vaccine exists but not readily available.
Comments
A rare but possible disease.


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