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    11-03-2011, 02:24 PM
Giving a horse laxatives

On another thread a poster suggested that laxatives should be given to horses who had got an overdose of grain by getting into a bin. I have never heard of giving a horse laxatives, is this a recommended practice?

Also tubing, is that something an owner can or should do?? Having seen it done I'm more than happy to leave that one to my vet, but what does anyone else feel?
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    11-03-2011, 02:50 PM
Our horse was sedated and tubed four days ago due to a bad choke.

I do not think that the procedure is something anyone other than a vet COULD or SHOULD do.

As for laxatives, I know nothing about that.
    11-03-2011, 03:22 PM
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Tubing should be left to a vet. If you screw up and go in the wrong way, you'll end up filling his lungs with fluids. I have heard of people giving a horse mineral oil in the grain before (a cup or two).
    11-03-2011, 04:29 PM
I have never had a horse which a vet recommended laxatives for, so I cannot really comment on whether or not they are given.

There are some procedures I firmly believe should be left to the vet (the professional) and tubing is one of them. I agree with farmpony about what can happen.

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