My robust stallion has had diahrrea for 3 weeks, lost weight, fecal test is salmonella. Is there an antibiotic or medecine for salmonella. What is the best way to treat it and to relieve the diahrrea and inflammation of the intestines. The vet sent him home, saying he is not very sick and to feed bland feeds, and psyllium (in case of sand being present as well). What is the best way to restore his strenth (I am giving him electrolytes..it is 110 degrees out here in arizona. He is in the shade. Could the salmonella be in his water? Is there anything to help relieve this. Thank you. XXX XXXXX
Greetings, and thanks for the question.
Sorry to hear about Gold Bandit's condition.
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Sorry to have missed you on chat.The problem with Salmonella, is that there is not a recommended treatment/therapy unless the horse is extremely affected by the Salmonella, to the point where it has infected his bloodstream (septicemia). This requires a specific blood test looking for the presence of Salmonella. Your vet is correct as far as keeeping Gold Bandit on a bland diet, and the psyllium is a good idea as well. This is a difficult condition to treat, but patience is a part of the process also. There is a product available that is called "Biosponge", produced by a company named Platinum Performance ( http://www.platinumperformance.com/select/) that is often effective in mangaging diarrhea, depending on the severity and particular condition. You might consider discussing this possibility with your vet. Also, any type of probiotic medication (Probios, for example) will help in restoring the gut's normal flora necessary for proper digestion.As I obviously can't examine Gold Bandit, the best I can do is to offer you some suggestions that I have had success with. Again, much depends on the severity of the problem. As far as Salmonella being in the water, the only way to know is to have it tested. If he drinks mainly from ponds, streams, etc., there is a chance that that is the source. If he drinks from your own water source, chances are slim!I trust I've helped, and please let me know if you have any further questions.Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX of wishes to Mr. Gold Bandit.-Dan
Hi Mary,I'm just following up on our conversation about Gold Bandit. How is everything going?Dan C., DVM