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Proximal Enteritis (Proximal Duodenitis/Jejunitis, Anterior Enteritis)

By: Dr. Melissa Mazan

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Home Care

  • Your veterinarian will recommend that you keep your horse from hurting himself while waiting for veterinary help, but it is not necessary to keep your horse walking. However, many horses seem to experience some sort of relief from walking.

  • Your veterinarian will usually prefer that you not give your horse any drugs such as Banamine or sedatives before her arrival. These drugs can mask signs that are important clues for your veterinarian in diagnosing this disease.

  • You should not feed your horse anything while you are waiting for the veterinarian to arrive.

  • Once your horse is home, your veterinarian will usually advise that you feed a bland diet of frequent small meals for many weeks. It is important that your horse does not experience any sort of dietary overload.

    Preventative Care

  • The best way to prevent proximal enteritis is to practice good management. In general, horses should be fed frequent, high fiber, small meals to avoid nutritional overload. Most horses receive too much grain in relationship to the amount of hay they are fed.

  • Make sure that your horse always has plenty of fresh water.

  • Strive for as much turnout as possible. Ideally, horses should live outside 24 hours a day, as long as they have a three-sided shed or appropriately located trees to act as a shelter from wind and rain.

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