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Treatment varies depending on the cause of the hepatitis. If it is bacterial in nature, prompt treatment with antibiotics is required. Other causes of hepatitis such as viral or toxin-induced usually rely on supportive care. Such care normally consists of IV fluid therapy, vitamin B, antioxidants, and medication to decrease the amount of ammonia in the blood.
Fortunately, hepatitis is not very common in horses. To best help prevent against it, proper maintenance of your horse’s pasture is necessary to decrease exposure to toxic plants that can cause this condition. Bacterial and viral causes of this disease are harder to prevent, but ensuring your horse is up to date on vaccines may help.
A condition in which the skin becomes yellow in color as do the mucous membranes; this is due to excess amounts of bilirubin.
A condition in which the liver becomes inflamed
The name for the species of horses, donkeys, mules
The collection of fluid in the tissue