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Do you know what the symptoms are for common horse health problems? If you love your horse, you surely want it to live a long and healthy life.

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  • Call the Vet!Tell-tale signs to spotan unhealthy horse.

  • Call the Vet! Tell-tale Signs to Spot an Unhealthy Horse

    Do you know what the symptoms are for common horse health problems? If you love your horse,

    you surely want it to live a long and healthy life. Part of this includes understanding the common

    horse health problems and their signs and symptoms so that you will be able to know when your

    horse is in trouble.

    If you can identify a health problem early enough you will be able to get your horse the treatment

    that it needs so that it can get better. Whether your horse needs equine wormers or surgery, your

    vet will have time to intervene and give the correct treatment. Here are some of the common

    symptoms to keep an eye out for:

    Colic

    This is actually a term for several conditions which affect horses and can often be fatal. It is caused

    by a blockage in the intestines such as improper food or foreign objects or excessive gas in the

    intestines due to a change in diet. Sometimes the intestines can even become twisted, which

    requires surgery to correct. Watch your horse for any signs of constipation, lack of appetite, teeth

    clenching, salivation, nipping at its sides, pawing the ground and frequent rolling. To prevent colic,

    make sure that your horse eats a healthy diet and doesnt ingest anything that isnt food.

    Worms

    Horses are exposed to a lot of different worms and parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms

    and lungworms. Internal parasites can reside on your horses gut, liver or other organs and can be

    very harmful and sometimes even fatal or older or ill horses. Horse worms can produce a number of

    symptoms including diarrhoea, weight loss, a pot belly, mouth sores. Sometimes horses will exhibit a

    loss of appetite because they have mouth sores, other times they will eat more than usual because

    the worms are absorbing all the nutrition and leaving them starved. Call a vet immediately and get

    some horse wormers if your horse exhibits these signs. A proper schedule of horse wormers

    throughout the year will treat and prevent parasite problems.

    Heaves

    This is another term of emphysema in your horse and it is a disease which involves the degeneration

    of the lung tissues. It can be caused by dust or mould in hay or bedding. Watch out for any

    symptoms of wheezing or coughing while your horse is exercising. You can also see a heave line

    which is a ridge that will show up along your horses ribs as he coughs. You should call your vet right

    away, as your horse might need a special hypo-allergenic diet and a different environment without

    dust or allergens.

    These are just a few of the common horse health problems that you should be looking out for to

    ensure the health and happiness of your equine friend.

    Author Bio

  • Debbie Reade is a frequent contributor of articles for Wormers.co.uk and has written on

    many subjects pertaining to all animal needs including cats and dogs but mainly on the

    subject of Equine health.

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