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post #1 of 7 Old 01-27-2020, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cost of bloodwork?

I know this varies from place to place, but I'm hoping to get a ballpark. For those who have had bloodwork done, how much did it cost? I'm specifically looking at maybe a Vitamin E test and a complete mineral / vitamin analysis.

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No help with those specifically but, in March, 2019, I had the following done on two horses:

Insulin
ACTH
CBC
Chemistry Panel

Plus two brief physicals
Plus the farm call

It was between $300-$400. I tend to “forget” these types of bills after awhile, so I would have to dig for the invoice for the exact amount, lol

I live in an Ag county in Middle Tennessee. That same work 40 minutes NW and points closer to Nashville would be double. Some of that blood work can be spun at the vet clinic, so they can charge what they want, while some has to be sent out.

Farm call fees are also more expensive in those high dollar living areas.
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I had a chemistry panel done in house, $120. Mineral/heavy metal panel was $96. Tho I had multiples of that one done that were sent to different locations, I can only find the invoice for the first. Not sure if the others were different costs.

I was going to do a vitamin E test as well, but I recall the cost for just that single test was outrageous, like close to $200 for it. I opted not to and supplemented anyway.
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My vet also said testing for E was expensive. There is also an issue that some horses can have issues with deficiency even with normal bloodwork. For example, the horse is resting on the day of the test, so has adequate levels but when exercising uses up more of the stores from the liver and fatty tissues and becomes deficient. I had a horse that seemed unable to store Vitamin E, so would show signs of deficiency within several days without it being supplemented. She had very little fat on her body, so perhaps she did not have enough fatty tissue to store it, and she was always active and athletic.

If your horse does not have access to fresh green grass, it's just a good idea to supplement E anyway. Otherwise, your horse is living off the stores in his body, and who knows when he will run out? Many horses do not show any signs of deficiency, which can get them by until they have access to green grass again. Still, if you are doing any kind of work, it means your horse is making do without having the right fuel for good neuromuscular function.
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I'm already supplementing, with a multi-vitamin / mineral supplement and hoof supplement. But I'm not sure he's absorbing. On the same feed, forage, and hay, Teddy's hooves are flaky and shelly, and he's prone to WLD. I asked the farrier and she mentioned that she had just had blood work done on two of her horses, and even though all of their feed / forage was the same, their results were really different. Given Teddy's history, she thinks it's possible he's not absorbing the nutrients like the other two are.
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I asked the farrier and she mentioned that she had just had blood work done on two of her horses, and even though all of their feed / forage was the same, their results were really different. Given Teddy's history, she thinks it's possible he's not absorbing the nutrients like the other two are.
Ok, that is something I would want to the “why”.

Turns out there can be more than one reason why a horse cannot properly absorb nutrients.

One of which can be heart issues. Unless your horse is a paint of which some are prone to heart problems depending on their bloodline, I doubt that’s your horse’s issue.

But now that I have your attention, Read this article:)


https://thehorse.com/19427/diseases-...ery-in-horses/
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Ok, that is something I would want to the “why”.

Turns out there can be more than one reason why a horse cannot properly absorb nutrients.

One of which can be heart issues. Unless your horse is a paint of which some are prone to heart problems depending on their bloodline, I doubt that’s your horse’s issue.

But now that I have your attention, Read this article:)
https://thehorse.com/19427/diseases-...ery-in-horses/
LOL yes you have my attention now. One thought right now is that due to his terrible teeth, he wasn't getting food chewed adequately. This also seems to be why he couldn't put on weight, as he is now slowly starting to bulk up! The farrier suggested that it's possible he had been living on reserves, and even though his teeth are now mostly fixed, he's still a little deficient.

Or maybe he's not deficient at all. No way to know without the tests...
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