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We have a hurdler (9yr gelding) who consistently has a low

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Hi, we have a hurdler (9yr gelding) who consistently has a low protein level. Latest blood test has total protein 46, albumin 33 & globulin13.
Everything else appears mid range.
The horse ran a good 2nd & then pulled up halfway through his next hurdle race.
We have added a protein supplement to his feed but it doesn't appear to be having much benefit.
He is a good eater & has a good coat & looks well.
Have you any advice?
Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  horsemed replied 1 year ago.

Hello there. I am an internal medicine specialist and I would be happy to help. The most common cause of low protein in an otherwise healthy equine athlete would be gastrointestinal loss through ulcers. I would recommend bringing Moni Nui to a referral clinic for an endoscopy to evaluate him for gastric ulcers. If this is negative, I would recommend having an abdominal ultrasound performed to check his GI system more thoroughly and look for hindgut ulcers in the form of right dorsal colitis. Both gastric ulcers and right dorsal colitis can cause low protein and poor performance. Please let me know if you have any further questions!

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