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HORSE SENSE WEEKLY TIP: Warning - cases of sycamore poisoning reported
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HORSE SENSE WEEKLY TIP: Warning - cases of sycamore poisoning reported
on 14 April 2017
One fatal case of sycamore poisoning/atypical myopathy has been reported in Wicklow in the last five days and another horse is currently being treated in Kildare

THE Irish Equine Centre (IEC) is aware of one fatal case in Wicklow in the last five days and another horse currently being treated in Kildare for sycamore poisoning/atypical myopathy. The news was announced on the IEC Facebook page earlier this week.

According to the IEC, the recent windy and subsequent warmer weather has resulted in a heavy burden of sycamore seedlings sprouting in grass paddocks and other rural areas. All owners should be vigilant and try and keep your horses away from sycamore seeds wherever possible.

SYMPTOMS

  • Sudden, unexplained onset of muscle stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Altered gait
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Laboured breathing
  • Sweating
  • Blood in urine
  • Horses lying down unable to get up again
  • These signs generally present for 12 to 72 hours, and there is a 75-90% mortality rate.

    Early diagnosis and treatment can increase the chances of survival. If you have any concerns or questions about atypical myopathy you can contact Dr. Ursula Fogarty at the Irish Equine Centre on 045 866 266.

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