Nutritional Articles

Verdauungsphysiologie von ileum and Caecum beim Pferd (Physiology of the digestion in ileum and cacum in the horse)

Published: 2003-12-01

Verdauungsphysiologie von ileum and Caecum beim Pferd (Physiology of the digestion in ileum and cacum in the horse)
The passage from ileum to caecum represents the border between the mainly enzymatic digestion in the lower gut and the highly developed microbial fermentation in the hindgut. The transfer of digesta from the terminal lower hut into the caecum is the main physiological function of the ileum and highly endangered by disturbances. Within the caecum, microbial population and it'’ activity are dependent on the nutrient composition of the ileal digesta. These dependency causes a risk potential for developing a defective fermentation with the possible result of eneral (e.g. colic, diarrhoea) as well as extraenteral (laminitis) disturbances. To maintain physiological conditions feeding practice should consider the specific requirements of the individual gut segments.

Reference
Zeyner, A. 2003. Verdauungsphysiologie von ileum and Caecum beim Pferd. Pferdeheilkunde 19: 391-96

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