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Mini horse ate acorns she seems off with her gait but is

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Mini horse ate acorns she seems off with her gait but is still eating and drinking but not normal amounts
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  nekovet replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now the signs you have reported are not unexpected when acorns are ingested. That said, we need to tread with care if Diva has had quite a bit. This is because not only can this cause gut upset and lethargy; the toxin in acorns can also damage the kidneys and liver. The onset of these more serious signs can be delayed (up to a week), so we need to keep a close eye on her. In the meantime, to be safe, it would be ideal to have her vet treat her with fluids to keep her hydrated but also flush this toxin from her system and limit harm. Of course, if she had a high dose, fluids may need to be given at high doses and a blood sample tested to determine if damage has occurred. If it has, then organ supportive treatments can be started to limit this for her.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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