Thought 4the day: Life at times throws things at us to make us stronger and cope with things better that may not yet be here. In a way horses are the same some are strong willed as they are still petrified of what has happened or will happen and learning to help these helps us to help the others in the future as none are the same and none will ever be the same. Each one teaches us different techniques, experiances, feelings and yet so much more. Each one comes round when they are ready and we learn from all of this. Set backs can happen and this again is a learning curve but each one will get there..
Quote 4the day: Hold those dear around you and lean on those that care for you. Horses lean on us for comfort perhaps their telling us something..
Fact4 the day: Hepatitis is a type of liver disease seen in horses. A vital organ, the liver can shut down before the effects of the disease are apparent in horses. This also means that by the time the symptoms of hepatitis are displayed, it can be too late to start treatment. Therefore, it is important to bring your horse to a veterinarian immediately if you suspect it has hepatitis.
Symptoms a...nd Types
As far as horses are concerned, there are two different forms of hepatitis:
•Acute Hepatitis ◦Loss of appetite
◦Dull pain in the abdomen
◦Increase in pulse rate
◦Labored and quickened breathing
•Chronic Hepatitis ◦Loss of appetite
◦Increase in pulse rate
◦Nervousness (e.g., head pressing, wandering, confusion about surroundings)
◦Complications with vision or complete blindness
Acute hepatitis is usually caused by some type of viral infection and is due to the ingestion of toxins. These toxins may be biological, chemical, or both. Chronic hepatitis, on the other hand, is caused by ragwort, a poisonous weed that possesses toxins which slowly eat away at the cells in the liver. And while a horse will not eat ragwort purposely, it occasionally makes it way into the hay and can go undetected, as it does not have any particular taste. Another effect of the toxins on the liver is cirrhosis, which can be fatal.
Liver fluke is also known to cause chronic hepatitis in some horses.
Other than observing the horse's clinical symptoms, your veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis of hepatitis by examining a tissue sample from the horse, in addition to conducting further tests on the animal.
Prompt treatment is critical to the survival of a horse infected with hepatitis. Antibiotics will be used to curb and control any secondary infections -- bacterial, or otherwise -- that occur as a result of the hepatitis. The antibiotics will also help to reduce the effects that any toxins may have had on the body.
If the veterinarian administers glucose intravenously, it is to maintain the horse's vitamin and glucose levels in its blood. Another commonly used therapy is vitamin B supplements. These supplements aid in the healing of the damaged liver cells.