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Epidemiology, electrolytes balance and treatment strategy of equine anhidrosis

Author(s): Arshad Zahoor, | Muhammad Nauman Manzoor, | Abdul Raheem Usama, | Abdullah Ahmad, | Sajid ur Rehman | Rifat Ullah Khan

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Anhidrosis | Horses | Minerals | Treatment

This research work was designed to study the prevalence, electrolytes balance and treatment strategy of equine anhidrosis in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The study was conducted in the hottest month of summer (June-September). Anhidrosis was diagnosed by clinical signs and subsequent intra- dermal adrenaline and salbutamol injections. Overall prevalence of anhidrosis in horses was 13.2% of the total tested horses. Prevalence of anhidrosis was high during months of July and August. Further, it was observed that 612 years old horses are more susceptible to this syndrome. Serum analysis showed that sodium and chloride were significantly low and potassium concentration was significantly high in anhidrotic horses. Diseased horses showed positive response to the treatment of iodinated casein and germinated wheat and the clinical signs disappeared gradually. It was concluded from this study that horses are vulnerable to the attack of anhidrosis during warmer months of summer affecting serum electrolytes profile. Further, iodinated casein and germinated wheat have excellent therapeutic potential against this syndrome.
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