A clinical trial of probiotic administration for prevention of Salmonella shedding in the postoperative period in horses with colic.

M. E. Parraga, Sharon Spier, Mark Thurmond, D. Hirsh

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of probiotic administration on the prevalence of fecal shedding of Salmonella, the prevalence of postoperative diarrhea, the length of antimicrobial therapy, and the length of the hospitalization stay during the postoperative period in horses with colic. Two commercially available probiotics for horses were used in a double-blind prospective study of 200 horses undergoing surgery for colic. Probiotic or placebo was administered PO once a day for 7 days postoperatively, and fecal cultures for Salmonella were obtained daily for 10 days. After selection of 186 patients completing the treatment protocol, the results indicated that the commercial probiotic formulations had no effect on Salmonella shedding, prevalence of diarrhea, length of antimicrobial therapy, or length of hospitalization (P > .05). Twenty percent of the horses yielded 1 or more positive fecal cultures for Salmonella; of these horses, 74% were classified as asymptomatic shedders. Twenty-six percent of all horses had fluid diarrhea postoperatively, with only 12% of these horses having positive fecal cultures for Salmonella. The most common isolate was Salmonella krefeld (24 of 39 isolates). Among the different gastrointestinal disorders, horses with feed and sand impactions appeared to be more prone to shed Salmonella.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Volume11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997

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