Dehydration is extremely dangerous in your horse. BEWARE of this problem. You have total responsibility to ensure this serious condition does not affect your equine friend as dehydration will cause untold damage such as colic and other nasty equine illnesses. Equine dehydration will occur at any time if there is not access to enough water.
Equine Dehydration – the symptoms
* A good equine dehydration test is to press your finger onto the gum above the front teeth. The area will turn white. Then, take your finger away. If the normal pink colour does not return quickly, you have reason to check for equine dehydration.
* Have a look at your horse’s gums – if they look red and dark, this is an indication of dehydration.
* Check the mouth and nose, dry red mucous membranes here are red flags announcing dehydration.
* Heavier than normal sweating and perspiration which takes longer than normal to dissipate after activity, is also a warning sign of dehydration.
*Pinch the skin on your horse’s neck - if it does not spring back when you release the pinch, equine dehydration could be a problem.
*Eyelids which look wrinkled and glazed eyes with a dull look are further signs of equine dehydration.
*A higher than normal temperature and shallow breathing persisting after normal activity are further proof that your equine friend is suffering from dehydration.
Equine Dehydration –Likely Causes
NOT ENOUGH ACCESS TO WATER! Your equine friend needs at least 10 gallons of water per day. Add this to the amount needed for his/her normal routine. Make sure the supply is adequate and clean.
Bad ventilation in the stall or trailer
Very warm weather
Cures for Equine Dehydration:
Assuming your case of equine dehydration is not too severe, the condition will respond to WATER, WATER and more WATER! Equine supplements such as potassium chloride, sodium chloride and calcium chloride, obtainable with instructions from your veterinary food supplier, will ensure relief from equine dehydration.
Sever equine dehydration needs the attention, as quickly as possible, from your vet, so that intravenous treatment can be administered.