Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
Topics click on Vet Advice Menu.
an anaemic horse
Q.Earlier this year my 25 yar old mare lost a huge amount of weight
and body condition - so much so that I thought she would be put
down. Veterinary tests showed she was anaemic and could have a worm
infestation, even though she's wormed regularly.
put on a five day worming course and given a supplement. She's much
happier in herself, but has not put on any weight. Can you give
me any advice?
horse's anaemia and weight loss could be caused by worms, but they
are not necessarily the main problem. Other causes of anaemia and
weight loss are long lasting (chronic) infections, weakness in the
immune system, tumours, liver or kidney damage, or specific diseases
such as equine infectious anaemia.
It helps to
remember that, when an infection has been around for a long time,
there are conflicting effects. The low iron levels in the body make
the horse anaemic, but also slow the rate of growth of bacteria.
So as well as addressing the anaemia issue, you should try and build
up the immune and digestive systems. Try one of the immune boosting
dietary supplements on the market and add fenugreek and a good multi-mineral
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