Impending winter weather and loss of good pasture should make all owners of thin senior horses anxious. An underweight horse is a concern regardless of age, but seniors have additional considerations. Eleanor Kellon, VMD, shares perspectives on dentistry and nutrition.
Source: Horse Network, November 23, 2017.
Problems such as heart failure, kidney failure, liver disease or malignancies are rare in younger horses but anything goes with a senior. All of these may have weight loss as a component. It’s always wise to involve your veterinarian when having weight issues with a senior.
INSIGHTS: Animal health pros could consider calling clients with older horses in slow times during the holidays. Be sure to write a short script for leaving a message on the answering machine. Kellon’s article gives you multiple topics for discussion. Vaccinations should also be included.