Nutritional Management of Equine Diseases and Special Cases

by Bryan M. Waldridge in April, 2017

Nutritional Management of Equine Diseases and Special Cases offers a concise, easy-to-comprehend text for equine

Nutritional management of equine diseases and special cases 1st editionveterinarians with questions about commonly encountered nutritional problems. Emphasizing clinically relevant information, the text includes coverage of nutritional problems and specific impact on the musculoskeletal, neurologic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and respiratory systems in ponies, miniature horses, draft horses, donkeys, and mules. Mycotoxins and poisonous plants are also included.

The book provides practical guidance on using nutrition to help special problems frequently seen in practice. General practitioners and specialists alike will find Nutritional Management of Equine Diseases and Special Cases a must-have resource when dealing with patients with special nutritional needs.

Key features

  • Assists veterinarians in supporting equine patients with special nutritional needs
  • Focuses on nutritional problems and impact on different body systems
  • Covers ponies, miniature horses, draft horses, donkeys, and mules
  • Offers complete coverage of common diseases and problems helped by nutrition
  • Includes useful coverage of poisonous plants and mycotoxins

Even in modern times, this is often said from the race-track to the farm. However, from a nutritional perspective it does not hold true for all horses. Depending on hay quality and type: energy, protein, and calcium may be deficient, especially for working horses and mares in late gestation. Working horses may require such a large amount of oats to meet energy requirements that they would be at risk for hindgut acidosis and subsequent laminitis. A horse may not be physically able to eat enough hay to meet increased energy requirements, depending on the hay’s energy content and quality.

This is a long overdue addition to the veterinary literature. It helps to demystify the nutritional implications of many commonly seen diseases in a practical, useful, and easily implemented manner. There is no comparable book in the field with this comprehensive information. For even experienced equine practitioners, it will be a useful addition to the library as a resource for determining dietary recommendations for clients.

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