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post #1 of 4 Old 12-01-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Can the onset of bad weather case stress related diarrhea?

Our guy (as of yesterday) has a small case of diarrhea, most if his stool was normal yesterday, but he seemed to be "leaking" some watery stuff every once in a while.
He is eating, drinking and other wise being his normal curious self.

My questions about weather related stress is because we had a pretty good snow storm on Monday night, 8" or so which was the end of about 36 hours of on and off rain. It was the first really bad weather we have had this season.

He is boarded in a pasture with a 10x10 run in. We always have clean bedding (pine chips from TSC) plenty of warm water (heated bucket) and he gets his evening hay in his stall.
The only other thing that comes to mind is he had his teeth clean and all his vaccine's on NOV 21rst.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-01-2011, 10:06 AM
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It's probably nothing to worry about if he is eating & drinking normally. However keep in mind that a small blockage can produce diarrhea as the liquids pass but the solids don't. Eating a funky weed could cause GI upset too. Keep an eye on him for any colic signs just to be sure.

One of my horses had increasingly soft manure until it was blasting liquid. We treated it as a colic as that is life threatening but it didn't stop. After multiple vet visits/tests/probiotics/ulcergard/electrolytes etc. nothing abnormal was found. This was over the course of 4 days, other than the diarrhea the horse was normal. After $600 spent the manure reversed course until it was back to normal. We never did determine the cause.
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As Natisha said, it could be something important or just a passing thing. I wouldn't worry unless it were to continue. Our horses get loose stools once in a while, but it usually is back to normal by the next bowel movement or within 24 hours.....

If it continues for more than a day, I would make sure the horse has water at all times, and a salt/mineral lick and give the vet a call.

Also, u may want to consider either feeding your horse a daily probiotic/prebiotic supplement or buying some probiotic horse cookies to keep on hand for these bouts of diarrhea and for after worming. Worming can cause transient diarrhea in horses, our vet said.... we give ours a daily pro/prebiotic so they usually don't get diarrhea....not REAL diarrhea...what they sometimes get is loose stools, but not watery.

I wouldn't worry unless the stools are consistently watery and/or if it doesnt pass within a day or so....oh, and to answer the question, stress could cause bouts of diarrhea, I would think.

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Thanks to both of you for your replies.

Ill be out there this evening to check up...
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