Dealing with acute diarrhoea in adult horses

01 Nov 2020

Chidlow, H.

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Background: Acute diarrhoea in horses accounts for around 5 per cent of admissions to referral hospitals. The disease can result in significant morbidity and mortality, and so it is important that clinicians are quick to address the clinical signs and provide supportive treatment.

Aim of the article: This article outlines the clinical signs commonly seen in cases of acute diarrhoea, the approach the first-opinion practitioner can take to achieve a diagnosis of the cause of the diarrhoea and the methods available to treat cases of acute diarrhoea in adult horses. A second article focusing on chronic diarrhoea in horses will be published in a subsequent issue of In Practice.