Is your horse suffering from an e. coli infection? This somewhat common bacterial infection can result in serious illness, including endotoxemia, if not treated swiftly and appropriately.
Escherichia coli is present in the intestines of horses, humans, and many other animals alike, and for that reason it is also present in manure. By this route, your horse can get an e. coli infection externally as well, though we best know e. coli as a contagion that causes food poisoning and bowel disorders. It can also cause a form of pneumonia in horses.
Natural Pet Cures: Our esteemed friend Ted of Bangkok is a fan of ozone treatment for large animals with e. coli, which has medical backing behind it from the veterinary community.
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10/02/2006: Patrick from Toronto: "My horse has ecoli does Ted know anything about treating animals suchas horses with this? We give him antibiotics but it comes and goes. Thanks"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Patrick: In veterinarian medicine cost effectiveness consideration is the most important variable in the treatment for e.coli against horses.
Often preventive medicine is the number one criteria, the second one is the use of medicine or non-medicine which are also cost effective.
As a result animal nutrition is extremely important in the prevention. Most nutrition for horses and other animal are quite easy to find, but the main consideration you will be looking for is, zinc, selenium, and manganese. Silicon, which comes from hay allow the horses to be come resistant. Frequently if horses are in stalls often, this is where e. coli is found. If they were allowed to graze outside this would be a better way.
Mixing feeds with some bentonite powder will frequently reduce the e. coli or you can make clay ball and allow the horse to lick them. Some animals by instinct know when they are sick and will drink from water rich with bentonite clays. So you can add maybe a cup or two in a large tank of water using bentonite clay dissolved. The bentonite will cause the number and reduction of e.coli reducing the need for antibiotics in a number of cases. American indians have used healing clays (bentonite clays) for ages by mixing them in their drinking water as a cure for diarrhea.
Another way to prevent E. coli and killing them most cost effectively is the use of ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapy. Disinfection using peroxyacetic acid sprays on their food can be done, or spraying with a 3% hydrogen peroxide, is a relatively mild way to disinfect the food and stalls.
Proper ventrilation of stalls, sun exposure, cleanliness, the use of UV lights in stalls should reduce most of the problems. The use of ozone for breathing, or for treatment in various parts of the animals will also kill the e.coli as well. While there is a specific amounts of ozone to use, most commercial ozonators do produce enough amount of ozone to do the killing.
If you want some specific information for more details, please refer to the public source below. Ted
Veterinary Use of Ozone by Citizen's Council for Truth in Medicine, Washington, DC
Part I - Viral (Rickettsial and Chlamydial) Diseases (VRCDs)
"Ozone is very effective in acute and chronic viral diseases as a virucidal agent in reversing positive antibody tests and in improving the general health of the animals.
"Ozone is the treatment of choice of Equine Infectious Enema (EIA, Swamp fever) and promptly reverses the clinical symptoms and a positive Coggins test. Ozone is equally effective against Equine Ehrlichiosis and Potomac Horse Fever, caused by the rickettsial agents Ehrlichia equi and E. risticii respectively, as well as against Equine Encephalomyelitis (EE) including Eastern (EEE), Western (WEE), Venezuelan (VEE) and other togaviral and flaviviral EE, Equine Viral Arteritis, African Horse Sickness (AHS), Equine Herpesvirus I (EHV-1) infection...""