Clostridium Perfringens In Horses- Signs, Causes & Treatment

Clostridium perfringens is an issue that foals may experience when young. You may wonder, is clostridium perfringens contagious? 


What Is Clostridium Perfringens?

Clostridium perfingens is a type of bacteria that can cause inflammation in the small and large intestine, resulting in leading to abdominal pain, colic, and diarrhea. 

Causes Of Clostridium Perfringens

Foals may be exposed to clostridium perfingens through infected feces. The feces can be from their mother or another horse. 

Signs Of Clostridium Perfringens – Is Clostridium Perfringens Contagious?

Signs of clostridium perfringens in foals include abdominal pain, colic, diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal distention, and rapid death. 

Treatment For Clostridium Perfringens

Intensive medical treatment such as intravenous fluids, supplemental electrolytes, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories are used. 

Mares can be vaccinated prior to foaling to help transfer antibodies to foals. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available for foals.


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