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Re: RC: Bladder infection?

According to our online vet Dr. Mike Lowder of the University of 
Georgia Large Animal Clinic and School, it is possible for a horse to 
have a bladder or kidney infection, up to and including kidney 
stones. Read these articles for a few questions submitted., and

I would definitely get her vet checked. We all know how miserable one 
of those can be. It shouldn't be much different for our equine 

According to Dr. Mike it could be something as simple as a change in 
diet. Why take the chance?

Good luck with her. Hopefully she will be feeling better soon.


>Does anyone know if horses can get bladder or kidney infections?  Generally,
>my mare's a go-go-go kind of horse.  However, she has become increasingly
>balky over the last week and a half, and has been stopping to pee multiple
>times on short rides (six miles or so).  Yesterday, on a 12 mile ride, she
>stopped to pee five times, and I was constantly having to leg her on to get
>her to move.  She let other horses PASS HER!  Also, she seemed uncomfortable
>and kept talking to me, grunting, lifting her back, charging into
>transitions.  I finally clued in that she was not just being difficult and
>got off and walked next her the last couple of miles.  She's a Tennessee
>Walker and has a huge walk, but I was having to talk to her and coax her to
>keep up with my big butt walking.  It really seems like a bladder infection,
>but I don't know if horses can get them.  Also, if they can get them, what
>kind of a recovery time are we looking at once she starts antibiotics? 
>There's a ride this weekend we were supposed to go to, but I'm not going to
>take her if she's even a little uncomfortable.
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