Researchers know diet, breed, high colonic pH levels, and water supply mineral content can impact enterolith formation, but how trace minerals affect the process is less well-understood.
Miniature Horses are more susceptible to some health problems than their larger counterparts.
Digital radiography is up to 85% sensitive and 93% specific for diagnosing enterolithiasis in horses.
If your horse is at risk for intestinal stones or enteroliths (a common cause of obstruction-induced colic in horses), consider replacing an alfalfa-based diet with grass hay, said Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State University.
Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic).
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