Six equine diabetes symptoms
Thirst and urination
One of the primary ways that you can spot a problem with horse’s health is with excessive urination and thirst. After you’ve bought a horse, you will soon learn how much is normal for the animal to drink and urinate. If this changes, it could mean that something is wrong and you are wise to seek a professional opinion.
Horses that are overweight, and remain so despite less feed and more exercise, could be displaying signs of equine diabetes. Lower the amount of feed and increase exercise to see if the weight lessens. If it doesn’t, contact your vet.
Visible excess fat deposits, particularly in the crest, back or rear of the horse could signify diabetes too. These occur when the horse cannot process glucose properly. Look out for these when brushing and grooming.
Your horse may lose energy to do anything. You may notice that you have to try much harder to get your horse to work or exercise. If it is appearing more lacklustre than usual then you may want to seek help from a vet.
Horses with diabetes tend to fall victim to skin horse health conditions. These include pasture scald and rain rot. These conditions might take longer to heal, even with your best horse care provided.
This is common in diabetic horses and is very serious. Laminitis can also be described as inflammation of the hoof. If you spot this then it is worth getting your horse treated quickly. Here is some more information on laminitis.
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