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Thumps in Horses: Exhaustion, Lactation Tetany, and Other Causes of Hypocalcemia in Horses
  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM

Introduction

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Perhaps it has been a harder than a normal trail ride, maybe you have a heavily lactating mare, maybe your horse has had diarrhea for awhile, but all of a sudden you realize your horse seems to be hiccuping. His whole body is being racked with mild rhythmic spasms. There may be also signs of stiffness and depression. The condition is called thumps and is due to changes in blood ph and/or blood calcium concentrations. It may be a mild transient problem but it may indicate a life threatening electrolyte imbalance in the blood. This report discusses causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hypocalcemia in horses.
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iconHorse has hiccups for second time todayMar 27, 08
iconCan horses get this on stall rest?12 Feb 6, 03
iconHiccups?Thumps?HELP!10 Apr 28, 15
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