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  • 7 yr old mare with diarrhea

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    06-02-2012, 05:34 PM
Diarrhea, cha-cha-cha!

Hey Everybody-

My 14 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding has had chronic diarrhea since I have owned him. Despite my best efforts, he continues to have diarrhea.

He gets routine fecal egg count tests, which always come back low and is on a Veterinarian recommended deworming schedule. I have tried probiotic and yeast supplements. I have also tried a daily high fiber (psyllium) supplement, as directed by my Veterinarian. Additionally, I have tried a couple different types of grain and hay to see if that would make any changes. My most recent effort at getting control of the diarrhea problem was placing him on a 10 day course of Metronidazole (Flagyl). Unfortunately, none of these treatments have been of any help.

His current diet consists of a ration balancer and bermuda grass pasture. He maintains an excellent body condition and acts as if he feels great.

Should I just let the diarrhea problem go and accept that he's just going to have chronic diarrhea or continue to pursue treatments for it? Do any of you have horses with a similar issue? If so, what have you done for them to treat the diarrhea?

Thanks for any input you have!
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    06-02-2012, 05:38 PM
My work has a horse that has the same problem. She has always been that way no matter what you feed her. But she keeps weight on and stay hydrated and the vet sees no problem with it.

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