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Equine Atypical Myopathy

According to the Animal Health Trust, 35 cases of Equine Atypical Myopathy (AM) have been recorded across the UK and Ireland this autumn. AM is a frequently fatal condition affecting grazing horses in autumn and/or spring. Recent research conducted in the USA and Europe has found a toxin contained in elder (sycamore) seeds as the cause of AM. 

Look out for clinical signs of muscle weakness, depression, dark urine, mild colic signs and difficulty to breath are commonly encountered in affected horses. 

There is no curative treatment at current, but supportive therapy may lead to a successful outcome if the condition is diagnosed early. 

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30th Oct 2014