Equine Botulism Deaths in Nova Scotia, Canada

Two horses were euthanized and at least five others were affected by botulism on one property.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, an attending veterinarian confirmed an outbreak of botulism in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada. A 12-year-old Arabian/Quarter Horse cross gelding and a 26-year-old Arabian gelding were euthanized. An 8-year-old Standardbred mare and a 7-year-old and 10-year-old Zonkey jack and jenny are showing clinical signs, including inability to swallow, muscle fasciculations/tremors, and increased recumbency. One horse also presented with a stiff-strided gait and another with colic. 

From eight to 20 horses were exposed, but no quarantine is in place as botulism cannot be spread from horse to horse. 

For more information about botulism, visit https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Outside%20Linked%20Documents/BOTULISM_Final.pdf

Trending Articles
Horse Stable
13 Texas Horses Positive for EIA
Happy Horses in Modern Stable
Strangles Confirmed in 3 Michigan Counties
Madigan Foal Squeeze Technique
Disease Du Jour: Regulatory Veterinary Medicine for Horses 
Get the best from EquiManagement delivered straight to your inbox once a week! Topics include horse care, disease alerts, and vet practitioner updates.

"*" indicates required fields


Additional Offers

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.