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Equine Practice
Management of diarrhoea in foals up to weaning
  1. Richard Hepburn

    Richard Hepburn graduated from Liverpool in 1997 and spent three years in equine hospitals in Sussex and New Zealand before completing a three-year residency in equine internal medicine in the USA. He is a partner at the Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire and holds an RCVS certificate and a masters in equine internal medicine. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


DIARRHOEA affects up to 80 per cent of British foals in the first six months of life and hence is both clinically and economically significant. Disease ranges from a transient alteration in faecal consistency to a life-threatening enterocolitis with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). It is vital that the general practitioner is able to distinguish between cases that can be managed on the farm and those requiring hospitalisation and intensive care. This article discusses diagnostic and treatment approaches to the common causes of diarrhoea in foals.

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