If your horse is experiencing chronic but low intensity colic, your veterinarian may suspect that enteroliths are at the root of the problem.? Enteroliths are mineralized stones that form in a horse?s intestinal tract.? At the centre of these stones is always an ingested object, such as a piece of stone, wood, or metal that does not pass through the horse?s gut.? Enteroliths are common in different geographical regions, depending on the minerals present in soil and feed. ?Cases are particularly high in
If you live in a high risk area, you will want to discuss tools for prevention with your veterinarian.? Since diets high in magnesium and protein may be contributing to the development of enteroliths, lucerne hay should be avoided.?
Since enteroliths have such fatal implications for your horse, if you live in a high risk area, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of enterolith formation, and to be able to obtain quick treatment for your horse.