Diarrhea in adult horses can be acute or chronic. Infectious agents that have been cited as potential causes of acute diarrhea in adult horses include numerous Salmonella serovars, Neorickettsia risticii, Clostridium difficile, C perfringens, Aeromonas spp, coronavirus, and cyathostomiasis.
When should I be concerned about my horses diarrhea?
Unless the problem clears up within about a day, you should call your veterinarian. A horse can very quickly become dehydrated when it has diarrhea, and dehydration can cause colic, a potentially life-threatening abdominal condition.
What can I give my horse to stop diarrhea?
In a healthy, well-hydrated horse, this will be two seconds or less. For mild diarrhea, you can add Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) to your horse’s daily ration. Give this at about five ounces (10 tablespoons) at a time, but don’t overdo it. This is most easily given via a plastic dosing syringe.
What do you feed a horse with chronic diarrhea?
For horses with chronic diarrhea, we recommend our Optimum Digestive Health pellets which contain probiotics, prebiotics, yeast, digestive enzymes, toxin binders and immune nucleotides to promote gut health and immune function.
How do you stop diarrhea in older horses?
It seems that hay can irritate the gut wall, causing inflammation or colitis and, possibly, diarrhea. If the amount of long-stem forage in the diet is reduced by substituting some or all of it with hay pellets, the loose manure often resolves.
Can worms in horses cause diarrhea?
Parasitic worms live in the intestines of horses and ponies. Small numbers of worms can be tolerated, causing no effect on well-being. Larger worm burdens can cause a range of problems including ill thrift, diarrhea, colic and death.
Can hay give horses diarrhea?
These changes in the hindgut can cause loose manure, colic, and—in severe cases—laminitis. Introducing hay containing larger quantities of easily fermentable fructans can really upset some horses’ digestive systems.
Can horses have irritable bowel?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in man is not a single entity but has several causes. One of the most common forms has similarities with colic and laminitis in horses. Undigested food residues may pass from the small intestine into the colon where bacterial fermentation produces chemicals that lead to disease.
Does beet pulp help horses with diarrhea?
Any feed that is high in fiber, low in moisture, and relatively absorptive will meet this need. One such foodstuff is beet pulp, especially for horses with chronic diarrhea episodes.
Can stress cause diarrhea in horses?
When a horse is stressed, they may produce more manure than usual in a short period of time and may also experience diarrhea. Horse diarrhea can also be caused by a poor diet, which is a common cause of stress in horses.