A brand of horse feed that has been sold throughout California including, Riverside County and San Diego County is being recalled following the death of three horses and sickening of dozens of others.
The feed contains an additive called ionophore that is fed to cattle to make them gain weight. Ionophore is toxic to horses, and there is no antidote.
A particular batch of Western Blend horse feed, sold in 50-pound sacks across California and Arizona, is blamed for the death of three horses as of Sunday Sept. 27, 2015 and
injured horses at a riding school and stable near Fresno according to media reports.
Western Milling recalled its Western Blend feed, bearing lot number 5251. The company said it contains monensin, an ionophore.
The FDA states, ionophore poisoning in horses vary depending on how much the animal ate. Symptoms can include poor appetite, diarrhea, weakness, rapid heart rate, labored breathing, colic and sudden death.
The first clinical signs are often noted from 12 to 72 hours after ingesting a toxic dose and the clinical signs may linger up to about eight days. Horses who manage to recover may end up having permanent cardiac damage.
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Editors note: The horse and owner in the photo have not been affected by the deadly feed.