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Equine Practice
Management of Equine hyperlipaemia
  1. Anna Hammond

    Anna Hammond graduated from Edinburgh in 1994. She subsequently undertook a twoyear internship in equine practice in Hampshire, followed by a year in mixed practice and four years in equine practice in Australia and New Zealand. She is currently completing a threeyear residency in equine internal medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London.


EQUINE hyperlipaemia is characterised by abnormalities in lipid metabolism and primarily affects ponies and donkeys. The condition has a high mortality rate of between 60 and 100 per cent, and a reported prevalence of between 5 and 11 per cent in ponies and 18 per cent in donkeys in referral hospital populations. Early recognition of the disease and prompt intervention are vital to mprove an animal's chance of survival. This article discusses risk factors and reviews current treatment options for this challenging condition. In view of the poor prognosis, it highlights the importance of client education in disease prevention.

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