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  • Treating goiter in horses
  • Treating equine goiter with iodine

 
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    06-20-2013, 03:49 AM
  #1
Foal
Horse Goitre

Has anyone treated goitre in horses before?(enlarged thyroid glands) And what did you use? It's caused by iodine? Either too much or too little is my understanding :) but I was wondering what supplements you could use. Only one of my two horses has it so I'd rather not add anything to the water and stuff
     
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    06-20-2013, 08:13 AM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Katiepie123    
Has anyone treated goitre in horses before?(enlarged thyroid glands) And what did you use? It's caused by iodine? Either too much or too little is my understanding :) but I was wondering what supplements you could use. Only one of my two horses has it so I'd rather not add anything to the water and stuff
Is that what the vet told you, or did a non-medical person tell you this

If a vet made the diagnosis, the vet should have been drawing blood to check cortisol and insulin levels, plus giving you a guideline as to how to feed the horse.

If the person was not your vet, you need to call the vet. The horse could also be dealing with metabolic issues. I know this because I have a horse whose gland has been enlarged for six years due to Equine Metabolic Syndrome. He is on a strict diet.

If your horse hasn't been seen by a vet, please call one so a correct diagnosis and treatment can be made, along with a discussion of proper diet
     
    06-20-2013, 09:05 AM
  #3
Foal
In people it's caused by a lack of iodine. Has a vet diognosed this for sure, or are you just guessing? You need to have a vet look and go from there.
     
    06-20-2013, 10:04 AM
  #4
Green Broke
A horse can be short on iodine and develop a goiter. However, that needs to be diagnosed and cancer of the thyroid needs to be ruled out too.

If the horses are all kept in the same area on the same feed and only one develops a goiter I would suspect that individual has an issue.

Get a vet.
     
    06-22-2013, 02:58 AM
  #5
Foal
When I bought her the vet said it was goitre, which is really common in horses in New Zealand. I was just looking for a natural supplement for her instead of synthetic chemicals.
     
    06-22-2013, 03:25 AM
  #6
Green Broke
One of my horses has a goiter. It does fluctuate in size - sometimes it`s noticeable and at other times you wouldn`t know it`s there. For her, as she seems to be a mild case, I just make sure there`s always an iodized salt block by the water trough and there`s an iodized salt block in her feed bin as well (they get oats everyday) plus I have a mineral block. In her case, I notice she`s not a big salt block licker like the others so when she was first diagnosed with it, I put iodized table salt in with her feed for a little while until it settled down.

As the other posters mentioned, it would be a good idea to get a vet involved if they are not already. Good luck.
     
    06-23-2013, 04:03 AM
  #7
Foal
Belles one changes size too, sometimes it seems to be gone, sometimes it's there! I put the salt block back out in the paddock today, had to bring it in because there were sheep in her paddock & the block was a horse-specific one so it had high levels of copper in it, not good for sheep! It's currently barely there but every now & then I can feel it :)
     
    06-23-2013, 08:42 AM
  #8
Showing
Household salt contains iodine and horse actually prefer loose salt. Many don't ingest adequate amounts from a lick that's designed for the raspy bovine tongue.
     
    06-24-2013, 01:25 AM
  #9
Foal
She does like salt licks though, tries to bite them :) but I can start feeding her a bit and adding a little bit of salt to it!
     

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