Nutritional support for the dysphagic adult horse

R. S. Pirie*, R. C. Jago

*Corresponding author for this work

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The dysphagic horse will frequently require nutritional support due to a failure to ingest either sufficient or any feed at all to meet its daily energy and protein requirements. There are a variety of means by which this nutritional support can be provided, the choice of which is largely dependent on the cause of the dysphagia, anticipated duration of the dysphagia, metabolic demands of the underlying disease/disorder associated with the dysphagia, any financial restraints and facilities available. This manuscript provides an overview of the various means by which nutritional support can be provided and highlights some of the advantages and disadvantages of each which may be considered when choosing the most appropriate approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-441
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Issue number8
Early online date15 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


  • Dysphagia
  • Enteral nutrition
  • Horse
  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Refeeding syndrome


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