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.
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.