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Diarrhea-causing Bacterial Disease in Horses



Prompt treatment is paramount when dealing with intestinal clostridiosis, as it can be fatal when it is left untreated for too long. There are numerous methods of treatment that a veterinarian may seek, but the main method of treatment involves administering intravenous (IV) fluids to the horse in large amounts. There has also been some research that suggests that sour milk is effective in eliminating the bacteria. Consult your veterinarian before attempting this. Flunixin melamine is another treatment that may be utilized, one that is used to combat the toxemia that tends to develop as a result of intestinal clostridiosis.


Unfortunately, despite aggressive treatment, many horses do not survive intestinal clostridiosis. The best methods of treatment are those that implemented quickly after the horse has been infected with the bacterium.