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Fecal Shedding of Salmonella in Horses Admitted to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Published: 2004-08-30

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The objective of this study was to determine if repeated administration of an oral probiotic could reduce the incidence of fecal Salmonella Shedding in horses admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital for routine medical and surgical treatment. One hundred and thirty horses admitted with non-gastrointestinal disease to a veterinary teaching hospital were orally administered either the probiotic or placebo on 4 occasions. Although no significant results were obtained between groups for various parameters, administration of a probiotic to hospitalized horses appeared to reduce the incidence of Salmonella shedding after 48 hours of hospitalization by approximately 65%. The authors suggested that dosing horses with probiotics as early as possible before anticipated stressful events (eg, transportation, surgery, antibiotic treatment), followed by several subsequent treatments, may reduce contamination of the hospital environment by Salmonella and the risk of salmonellosis outbreaks.

M.P. Ward, C.A. Alinovi, L.L. Couëtil, L.T. Glickman and C.C. Wu. 2004. Fecal Shedding of Salmonella in Horses Admitted to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital. J. Eq. Vet. Sci. 24: 242-247.

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