Horse Weight Questions
What causes a 25 yr old horse to suddenly start losing weight and slight diarrhea?Weight loss and diarrhea may be caused by numerous issues. When an older horse begins to lose weight, the first thing to be checked is the horse’s teeth. Many times an older horse may require teeth floating. This is a process performed by a veterinarian in which the horse's teeth are filed to ensure proper chewing ability. Teeth issues are usually the most common issue surrounding older horses and weight loss. In the event the horse's teeth are checked and found to be in good shape, there are several possibilities that may be to blame for weight loss.
A veterinarian may want to perform blood work and other tests in search of a possible cause for the weight loss. Such testing usually provides quick results to enable a resolution to the problem. Problems such as organ issues, infection, inflammation of the intestines, and cancer may cause a horse to lose weight. To rule out possible cancer a biopsy may be required.
Parasite infestation may cause weight loss even in a horse who receives routine de-worming. In some cases a horse may require a panacure power pac to resolve recurrent infestations. Panacure is given for 5 days and generally works well for older horses affected by parasites. Panacure may be purchased through the person's veterinary clinic or at a local feed store.
What causes a draft horse to lose weight during the winter and how can someone put the weight back on?Internal parasite infestation is usually the most common cause of weight loss in a horse. If a horse is infested, the parasites may begin to rob the horse of nutrients. When this occurs the horse may begin to lose weight and is unable to absorb nutrients. A veterinarian may perform a fecal count to get an estimate of parasite infestation. The test may be done in the veterinary clinic with a fecal sample from the horse. The correct de-wormer may be suggested by the veterinarian and panacure power pac may also be suggested to ensure proper removal of small stronglyes. The power pac is usually administered for 5 days. Many horses begin to thrive following a power pac.
What makes it hard to keep weight on an old horse?Typically some horses are hard to keep weight on. There may be several reasons why a horse loses weight such as parasite infestation or poor teeth. If parasites are the issue, the horse owner may see an improvement following a de-worming. Older horses tend to have worn down or jagged teeth making it hard to properly chew food. Many horses require having their teeth floated (filed) to ensure proper chewing. Many people are unaware that the horse's teeth continue to grow well into the 20s. Because of this many horses need to have their teeth filed down. Once the horse has been cleared of parasites and the teeth are in good order the owner usually begins to see improvement in the horse's weight. If not, a veterinarian may have to run tests to ensure there isn't an internal organ issue causing the weight loss.
What causes weight loss along with coughing in horses?Roundworms are known to enter the horse while it is grazing. Once in the mouth the roundworm may pass through the lungs which may cause the horse to cough. Generally the best approach to remove roundworms is by worming the horse then repeating the worming again in 3 weeks. The first round of de-wormer usually kills the adult roundworms but may fail to rid the baby roundworms in the lungs. By worming a second round the roundworms are removed.
Horse weight is an important part of the horses overall health. When a horse begins to lose weight, many questions may arise about the possible cause. If a person has questions or concerns regarding horse weight, the person should ask an Expert for veterinary insight.