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post #11 of 16 Old 07-20-2010, 01:25 AM
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Having liver issues makes a horse more sensitive to sunlight.

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-20-2010, 02:06 AM
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Really! How do you know if they have liver issues? I mean other than the sun thing?

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Scary scary.....Thanks for the slight education, I'll definately have that up on the bulletin board for long time just in case ;)
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-20-2010, 03:38 AM
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We have a horse who simply CANNOT eat alfalfa. He had the worst reaction from it and almost died as well, from then on none of our horses have eaten alfalfa

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-20-2010, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by flytobecat View Post
Really! How do you know if they have liver issues? I mean other than the sun thing?
A blood test can show elevated liver enzymes as well as other abnomalities that are liver related.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-20-2010, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, that's a scarey thing to have to deal with...I think alot of vets most likely wouldn't even pinpoint the cause right away, much to the detriment of the horse!

Hope Junior feels alot better, and soon!
It wasn't as right away as it might seem - we lost Junior's mama to it. She showed perfectly normal liver function for a while, but then it began deteriorating a bit - then she suddenly died. I guess once the liver began to go the toxins built up quick. Vet feels awful that he didn't make the connection sooner.

He might not have diagnosed Junior as quickly with the same problem if he hadn't remembered Ginger's problem - and also had another horse come in yesterday with a more advanced case than Junior's. That horse had to be put down. Junior's liver function was still in the normal range - but on the low end. He goes back in 30 days for more tests and to see how much weight he's gained. If he's not showing significant improvement, we may have to make a sad decision.

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