Like most animals, horses won’t always feel their best. Unfortunately for our four legged friends, treating some of these diseases and ailments isn’t always easy, especially if it’s something that’s brought on by their environment or mentality. Luckily, the experts at Equine Catalyst are here to provide you with some answers on how to help prevent some diseases in your equine counterpart. Without further adieu, let’s dive into the helpful part of the blog.
Sand Colic and Impaction
This disease plagues horses that live in dry and sandy areas such as beaches or deserts. Sand Colic occurs when a horse eats sand along with its regular diet, resulting in a backup in its intestines. This causes equine abdominal pain and is not a fun time for your horse. After a horse ingests a lot of sand, impaction can incur, meaning that the horse will become severely and painfully constipated. Some horses are more susceptible to sand colic than others; some will never have a problem being in a sandy environment, and others easily develop the ailment by just being near sand. There are no definitive signs of sand colic or regular colic, but abdominal sounds and pains can be a big red flag you should never ignore, especially when stabling your horse in a sandy environment. Sand colic can be fatal, so treatment should be sought out immediately if you believe your horse may be suffering from it.
Luckily, sand colic is usually very mild, but some cases demand you call a veterinarian. Laxatives can help remove the blockage and relieve pain. Hydration with intravenous administered fluid can also help your horse pass the ingested sand. In some extreme cases, surgery is required to remove the impaction from the horse.
Equine Catalyst’s Joint Supplement horse supplement can help prevent sand colic and impaction with proper hydration for your horse.
Cushing’s Disease or PPID
Humans and horses can both develop Cushing’s Disease; however, the disease affects different parts of each species’ brains, namely different areas of the pituitary gland which controls hormone release. Equine Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction, or PPID, usually affects horses older than 15 but have been found in horses as young as seven. It can affect every kind of horse but is especially prevalent in Morgan horses and ponies. Warning signs of Equine PPID include long curly hair that doesn’t shed, excessive drinking and urination, loss of muscle mass, chronic infections, bulging eyes, excessive sweating, and more. The biggest problem with PPID is that it makes horses become resistant to insulin, which allows tissues in the equine body to absorb glucose. The horse’s body will secrete more and more insulin as the resistance increases, which breaks down muscle and ups susceptibility to other diseases.
Unfortunately, treatment rarely sees the complete removal of PPID. Because the disease usually only affects older horses, owners usually only seek treatment to help with the horse’s quality of life. Drugs and special diets can be used to counteract insulin resistance as well as reversing muscle loss and abnormal weight gain. Regular cutting of the curly hair that the horse will grow also helps in making it comfortable in the warmer months.
Equine Catalyst’s Daily Supplement horse vitamin is an all natural equine supplement that has been known to help reduce horses’ susceptibility to diseases like Equine Cushing’s Disease.
From everyone at Equine Catalyst, we hope you’ve found this blog to be helpful. Look for future blogs about how to prevent certain diseases in horses. If you have questions about our supplements or want to know more about Equine Catalyst be sure to contact us!