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mo­nen•in poi•on­ing i• more than ju•t a tragedy for hor•e owner•—of­tenL it’• ju•t the be­gin­ning of a le­gal battle to hold the man­u­fac­turer• ac­count­able for their mi•take•. in any in­ci­dentL of cour•eL

pro­vid­ing vet­eri­nary care for ill hor•e• i• the pri­mary con­cern. but it’• al•o wi•e to take •tep• to pre•erve ev­i­dence •hould you ever need to prove your ca•e in court. here’• what to do:

• Re­move all feed from the man­u­fac­turer from the barn and keep it •ealed and •ecure in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion. thi• will pre•erve a chain of cu•tody.

• Take a sam­ple of the

•ub­ject feed and have it profe••ion­ally te•ted. you’ll find a num­ber of pri­vate lab• and univer•itie• that of­fer thi• •er­vice. a•k your vet­eri­nar­ian for rec­om­men­da­tion•L or look for a tox­i­col­ogy lab at a univer•ity vet­eri­nary ho•pital. be •ure to choo•e an ac­cred­ited lab that will pro­vide re•ult• in the form of a writ­ten re­port.

• Lo­cate and save bags and

re­ceipt• for the •u•pect feed•.

• If a horse has died, talk to your vet­eri­nar­ian about per­form­ing a necrop•y that in­clude• te•ting of the •tomach con­tent•. a•k to have the re•ult• doc­u­mented in a writ­ten re­port.

• For­mally no­tify the feed com­pany of the con­tam­i­na­tion. do thi• in writ­ingL in the form of an email or let­ter.

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