Equine

Grass sickness

Grass Sickness is a disease of the autonomic nervous system, the nerves which control things we don't think about - heart rate, eye pupil, and gut movement.  Grass sickness is a generalised autonomic disease but in the horse the effect on gut movement causes almost all the clinical signs.  There are excellent resources on the web - The Equine Grass Sickness Fund has a lot of good information on their website.

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Case Study - Chester:

Acute and sub-acute cases are always fatal,  while about 50% of cases of chronic grass sickness can recover.  A few years ago Charlotte Pimm's horse Chester was diagnosed with chronic grass sickness at Donnington Grove Veterinary Surgery.  Chester happily made a complete recovery, and Charlotte kept a detailed diary of his illness.

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