Nutritional Articles

Effects of enteral and intravenous fluid therapy, magnesium sulfate, and sodium sulfate on colonic contents and feces in horses.

Published: 2004-06-30

Brief content of the article
The objective of this study was to assess changes in systemic hydration, concentrations of electrolytes in plasma, hydration of colonic contents and feces, and gastrointestinal transit in horses treated with IV fluid therapy or enteral administration of magnesium sulfate, sodium sulfate, water, or a balanced electrolyte solution. The final conclusion of this study was that enteral administration of a balanced electrolyte solution promoted hydration of right dorsal colon (RDC) contents and may be useful in horses with large colon impactions. Enteral administration of either sodium sulfate or water may promote hydration of RDC contents but can cause severe electrolyte imbalances (Note: A full abstract can be found in the national library of medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
Keywords: fluid therapy; electrolytes; hydration; colon.

Reference
Lopes M.A., White N.A. 2nd, Donaldson L., Crisman M.V., Ward D.L., 2004. Effects of enteral and intravenous fluid therapy, magnesium sulfate, and sodium sulfate on colonic contents and feces in horses. AJVR 65: 695-704.

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