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Monday, 3 September 2018

The Dangers Of Rats at The Yard


Rats (along with other wild animals) can cause salmonellosis in horses.  This can cause Colic or digestive problems.  You need to regularly clean and disinfect water buckets and cover hay and horse feed as the bacteria will live on these things for months.


I have first-hand experience with a friends horse getting moon blindness from leptospirosis.  This is caused by a bacteria that is in rat (and other animal's) urine.  Leptospirosis can be caused by eating or drinking infect food and water, through an open cut or through the nose or mouth.


This is a disease that is caused by ingesting the larvae of trichinella roundworm.  This is possible if your horse or his feed has been in contact with a dead rat.


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