Botulism in Boston Terriers

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Botulism in Boston Terriers can kill them.  It is usually caused by eating raw or spoiled meat, though botulism can also be caused by eating improperly canned foods.  A few years back there was an outbreak of botulism in canned green beans.  Numerous people got sick and it is not known how many animals also got sick.  So pay attention to recalls of canned foods to avoid consuming them or giving botulism in your Boston Terrier.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic disease in dogs, related to ingestion of raw meat and dead animals. Typically, symptoms within a few hours to six days after eating spoiled animal meat that is infected with the Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin. This neurotoxin causes spreading weakness, starting in the back legs and ascending to the trunk, front legs and neck. Paralysis of all four limbs is the next symptom.


You will need to give your veterinarian a thorough history of your dog’s health, onset of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have preceded this condition, such as contact with spoiled meat or dead animals.

Your veterinarian will perform a full physical exam of your dog,blood will also be taken to test for the botulinum toxin.


Your veterinarian will treat your dog according to how severely or mildly it is affected by the botulinum toxin. An antitoxin will be given to your dog to neutralize the botulinum toxin and prevent further progression.Complete recovery usually takes place over 1 to 3 weeks.

Living and Management

Do not allow your dog to eat dead carcasses or spoiled raw meat.

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Keep your Boston Terrier safe from botulism, cook food for them completely.  Do not allow your dog to eat spoiled carcases they find in the wild.  Botulism in Boston Terriers can be prevented.

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