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Causes Signs and Treatment of Common Digestive Problems in Horses

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The equine digestive tract is complex and fragile. Digestive problems in horses range from indigestion, constipation and heartburn, to serious medical conditions like colic and ulcers. These medical conditions cause great discomfort to horses. If not treated appropriately these problems may result in life threatening complications. 

Digestive problems in horses are usually caused by ingestion of toxic or foreign substances. Overeating is another major cause of equine digestion problems. Bacterial, viral and parasitic infections are known to cause digestive problems in these wonderful animals. Experts are of the opinion that stress plays a major part in causing digestive problems in these graceful animals. Horses have to be treated with great love and care. 

Loose stools, changes in behavior, rolling on the ground, infrequent bowel movements, teeth clenching, salivation, pacing, repeated flehmen response, abdominal pain, lying down, pawing, kicking, biting, excessive sweating, weakness, weight loss, restlessness, collapsing, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, cramps and gas are some signs of digestive problems in horses. If any of these signs are observed in your horse, it is advisable to visit a veterinarian without delay. 

Veterinarians usually use antibiotics, antacids and colic drenches to treat digestive problems in horses. In some cases they recommend intravenous drips. Veterinarians may perform surgery to correct twisted intestines; but the success rate of this type of surgery is very low. Pepto bismol is used to treat mild gas in horses.

Many alternative remedies are used to treat horses affected by digestive problems. Aconite is a homeopathic medicine which is very effective in treating colic symptoms in horses. It works best during the early stages of this medical condition. Arsenicum Album, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Nux Vomica, Magnesia Phosphorica, Colchicum, Cylocynthis and Carbo Vegetabilis are other homeopathic medicines which are used to treat colic in horses. These medicines promote a healthy digestive system in these animals. 

Homeopathic medicine EQuine Colic Calm ™ is known to provide short term relief for symptoms of acute colic in horses. This FDA-registered natural remedy is effective against stomach pain and grassy cramps. Many digestive system related ailments in horses can be cured by using aloe vera. Experts recommend aloe vera for treating medical conditions like equine gastric ulcers and grass sickness. 

A healthy digestive system is necessary for the general well-being of these elegant animals. Exercise, regular medical checkups and right feeding practices go a long way in preventing digestion problems in horses.

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