Friday, May 05, 2023

Study explores use of calcium in resuscitation fluids in horses - Full Article

May 5, 2023

Questions remain around the addition of calcium to resuscitation fluids in horses, after a study involving endurance horses in Australia.

The addition of calcium to resuscitation fluids is a common practice in horses, but studies evaluating the effects of calcium supplementation are limited, Langdon Fielding and his fellow researchers noted.

In healthy horses, decreases in heart rate and changes in serum electrolyte concentrations have been reported.

The study team set out to determine whether calcium gluconate administration at a rate of 0.4 milligrams per kilogram per minute (mg/kg/min) to eliminated endurance horses with metabolic problems would affect heart rate, gastrointestinal sounds, and serum electrolyte concentrations.

Their study, reported in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, was centered on the Tevis Cup 100-mile (160km) endurance ride. Any horses eliminated from the ride for metabolic problems and requiring intravenous fluid therapy were eligible...

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