Signs of Malnutrition, Neglect & Starvation

gelding-brown.jpgstarvedmini                    SIGNS OF STARVATION AND MALNUTRITION INCLUDE:

  • A skeletal frame with a BCS below 3.5 on the Henneke Body Condition Scoring (BCS):  {the backbone is prominent but fat covers to the midpoint, slight fat layer over the ribs, tail head is evident, withers, choulders and neck are emphasized (Henneke, 1983)},
  • Large Abdomen
  • Constipation, diarrhea, poor or abnormal manure output, foul smelling manure.
  • Loss of hair
  • Low hanging head
  • Dull & expressionless eyes
  • Nervousness
  • Laying Down a lot
  • Colic
  • Stereotypie Behaviors including cribbing and repetitive movements
  • Disproportionately large head compared to the body
  • Dull or shaggy hair coat that won’t shed
  • Depression
  • Motionless tail and ears
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of interaction with herd mates
  • Unable to rise without assistance
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Jaundiced eyes

•10-Month-Old Quarter Horse Filly:
Note the stunted stature, misshapen and disproportionately large head, expressionless eyes, contracted tendons, lifeless tail & ears, and of course the excessively long coat which hides her skeletal frame. Diarrhea is noticeable on her

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    The pictures above show the dramatic difference that proper nutrition makes in equine development. At the time that these pictures were taken the 2 horses were the same age (@10 months), breed(Quarter Horse), breeding (cutter), sex (fillies), & color. Both pictures were taken within days of each other in February 207. The horses lived in the same area-within 10 miles of each other. The filly on top is we;;-nourished and has received optimal care from conception on. The filly on the right has probably suffered malnourishment and deprivation from conception on. Note the the abnormal structure of the malnourished filly’s head. This indicates that there may have been an imbalance in the Ca:P ratio during development.

The subject matter presented on this site is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace proper veterinary care.

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