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Clinical and clinicopathologic effects of large doses of raw linseed oil as compared to mineral oil in healthy horses.

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on January 24, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Clinical and clinicopathologic effects of large doses of raw linseed oil as compared to mineral oil in healthy horses.

Schumacher J1, DeGraves FJ, Spano JS.

Abstract

The clinical and clinicopathologic effects of raw linseed oil and mineral oil were compared. In a crossover experimental design trial, 6 horses were given either raw linseed oil (2.5 mL/kg body weight) or mineral oil (10 mL/kg body weight), twice, 12 hours apart. Two weeks later, the horses received the opposite treatment. All horses given mineral oil or linseed oil developed nonformed feces by 24 hours of the first administration of oil. Horses treated with mineral oil had formed feces at 48 hours; horses treated with linseed oil developed normally formed feces at 96 to 108 hours. All horses treated with linseed oil had signs of depression and anorexia, and 3 had signs of mild colic. These signs were not observed in horses treated with mineral oil. Concentrations of serum glucose and bilirubin were significantly higher in horses treated with linseed oil when compared with horses treated with mineral oil.

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1Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL 36849-5522, USA.

PMID: 9348497 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Poisoning in horses due to linseed cake

Posted by Valley View Animal Feeds on December 5, 2015 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is only one of 547 recorded hydrocyanic acid poisoning's by the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux (CAB) Data base. I wonder how many more have not been diagnosed or recorded.

An outbreak of hydrocyanic acid poisoning which killed 9 horses is recorded. The source of the HCN was traced to linseed cake. Symptoms are described.-W. M. Allcroft.