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Dr Emily Weaver, Horse Veterinarian
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Experience:  Equine Veterinarian with over 11 years experience in ambulatory practice
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My horse ate some Iris Plant leaves on Sunday afternoon and

Customer Question

my horse ate some Iris Plant leaves on Sunday afternoon and started acting different - lethargic and not eating as usual. Will eat apples and pellets. Also noticed a squishy bump under belly of center that seems sensitive -
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your horse will be able to digest that. What is the horse's name and age?
Customer: Luna 14
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Luna?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Emily Weaver replied 8 months ago.

Hello there, sorry to hear your horse ate some Iris. Do you know how much she ate? Unfortunately Iris is a poisonous plant and sounds like Luna is showing some symptoms. Typically it may cause some digestive upset and general malaise (depression, lethargy). I don't know if you can check her temperature, they sometimes will run a fever with this plant as well. Supportive care is important, and if Luna just ate a small amount, she will most likely be fine, but it is worth a call into your vet. They could pass an NG tube, flush any feedstuff from her stomach, then give her water, electrolytes and mineral oil to act as a laxative to move the plant material through the digestive tract. She may also need Banamine or other NSAID for fever/pain. It is also usually recommended to check blood work on these guys, as the poison may affect kidney function.

I hope that helps, and let me know if you have any further questions or concerns,


Dr Weaver

Expert:  Dr Emily Weaver replied 8 months ago.


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