Moderate to severe diarrhea can be dangerous, especially when accompanied by depression. While some horse will develop looser manure and not develop problems. Profuse diarrhea that is watery and increased in frequency is a cause for concern. Diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and colic in a very short period of time. The veterinarian should be called to assess the horse’s comfort, deliver fluids and electrolytes to correct dehydration and attempt to define the cause of diarrhea. A horse with diarrhea should be strictly quarantined from all other horses. In addition, food should initially be removed, but the horse should always have access to water. If the owner is capable of taking the horse’s temperature, this will be valuable information for the veterinarian when he/she is called.

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