Submitted to: University of Georgia Veterinarians Research Day
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/27/2000
Publication Date: 3/27/2000
Citation: Kim, L.M. 2000. Factors associated with salmonella shedding in equine colic patients at a veterinary teaching hospital. University of Georgia Veterinarians Research Day. P. 18.
Interpretive Summary: N/A
Technical Abstract: A longitudinal study of 246 equine colic patients was performed to evaluate factors potentially associated with fecal Salmonella shedding among this group. A portion of the study population was also included in a double blind clinic trial using a commercially available probiotic to determine the effects of probiotic treatment on both occurrences of fecal Salmonella shedding and clinical signs. Salmonella spp were detected in the feces of 9% (n=23) of equine colic patients at least once during hospitalization. Horses were more likely to shed Salmonella if laminitis developed during hospitalization, nasogastic intubation findings were abnormal, diarrhea was present within 6 hours of hospitalization, leukopenia was present within 6 hours of hospitalization, duration of hospitalization exceeded 8 days, or if travel time to CSU-VTH exceeded 1 hour. Differences were not detected between the treatment groups in the probiotic trial with respect to the likelihood of fecal Salmonella shedding nor were there detectable differences in the occurrence of fever, diarrhea, or leukopenia.