theHorse: Diagnosing Diarrhea in Foals

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There’s a new article on theHorse.com about diarrhea in foals.

“Science has been making good progress over the years with regard to diagnosing the causes of foal diarrhea. In this article, we’ll look at all the ways experts work up foal diarrhea cases to get their tiny equine patients back to health as soon as possible.”

—Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA, author of the June 2 article on diarrhea in foals

As with diarrhea in other domestic animals, foal diarrhea can have many possible causes. Accurate diagnosis is challenging but important. According to Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM-LA, Patsy Link Chair in Equine Research and director of the Equine Infectious Disease Laboratory at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station, “You don’t want to shotgun antimicrobials if you’re not sure what you’re treating, because you could end up disrupting the microbiota in the bowel and make things worse.”

This article looks at the best ways of determining the cause of foal diarrhea, and the treatment options.

Diagnosing Diarrhea in Foals, on theHorse.com

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