Atypical myopathy kills 75%

By
Georgina Hirst MRCVS

Please be aware that experts have warned that Atypical Myopathy tends to occur more frequently in the SPRING following an Autumn surge.

A typical myopathy kills 75%: owners and vets warned to be on alert

Please be aware that experts have warned that Atypical Myopathy tends to occur more frequently in the SPRING following an Autumn surge. Last Autumn saw five times as many cases of Atypical Myopathy reported compared to the previous Autumn. A typical Myopathy is linked to horses eating seeds and saplings from trees in the Acer family including Sycamore and Box Elder. Check spring pasture carefully for seeds prior to turnout. Limit turnout if you are concerned about seed presence and ensure horses are well-fed prior to turnout. Provide supplementary feeding in the field to reduce the risk of horses being tempted to ingest seeds. Avoid leaving wet hay on the ground where it will rot.

Fence off affected areas. Be aware that a field without sycamore trees can still contain seeds spread by high winds or flood water. Symptoms include:

  • colic-like symptoms
  • laboured breathing
  • dark red-brown urine
  • recumbency or even sudden death

If you have any concerns or you would like any further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Abbey Equine Clinic 01873840069

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