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Equine Diarrhea

It is a sensation you hope to experience only within the comfort of your own home: your stomach begins to churn, you scramble to the closest bathroom and experience a bout of diarrhea. You drink some anti-diarrhea medicine and feel confident you will soon recover. When it comes to horses though, simply waiting for signs of diarrhea to pass can spell disaster. In fact, the massive loss of fluids, electrolytes and protein that often result from an episode of equine diarrhea can rapidly escalate into a costly medical emergency. “When signs of diarrhea are present, phoning your veterinarian as quickly as possible is always a good rule of thumb,” explained Dr. Ashley Whitehead, DVM, BSc, DVSc, DACVIM and assistant professor, Equine Clinical Sciences at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. “Colitis [inflammation of the colon] is a very serious condition and can sometimes be fatal. Treatment needs to…

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