Objective—To determine concentrations of IgA and
IgG subclasses in serum, colostrum, milk, and nasal
wash samples of adult horses and foals.
Animals—Seven 2-year-old Welsh ponies, 27 adult
mixed-breed horses, and 5 Quarter Horse mares and
Procedure—Serum was obtained from ponies and
adult horses. Colostrum and milk were obtained from
mares and serum and nasal wash samples from their
foals immediately after parturition and on days 1, 7,
14, 28, 42, and 63. Nasal wash samples were also
obtained from 23 adult horses. Concentrations of
immunoglobulins were determined by use of inhibition
ELISA. To determine transfer of maternal isotypes
to foals, concentrations in colostrum and milk were
compared with those in foal serum. Serum half-lives
of isotypes in foals were also determined.
Results—IgGb was the most abundant isotype in
serum and colostrum from adult horses, whereas IgA
was the predominant isotype in milk. The major isotype
in nasal secretions of adult horses and foals ≥ 28
days old was IgA, but IgGa and IgGb were the major
isotypes in nasal secretions of foals ≤ 14 days old.
Serum half lives of IgGa, IgGb, IgG(T), and IgA in foals
were 17.6, 32, 21, and 3.4 days, respectively.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—The early
immunoglobulin repertoire of neonatal foals comprised
IgGa, IgG(T), and IgA; endogenous synthesis of
IgGb could not be detected until 63 days after birth.
The restricted repertoire of immunoglobulins in foals
may influence humoral immune responses to vaccination.
(Am J Vet Res 2000;61:1099–1105)
Objective—To assess changes in systemic hydration,
concentrations of plasma electrolytes, hydration and
physical properties of colonic contents and feces, and
gastrointestinal transit in horses with access to large
amounts of grain.
Animals—6 horses with right dorsal colon (RDC) fistulas.
Procedure—In a crossover design, horses were alternately
fed 1 of 3 diets: orchard grass hay ad libitum
after being adapted to this diet for at least 5 days,
orchard grass hay ad libitum and 4.55 kg of grain
offered every 12 hours after being adapted to orchard
grass hay ad libitum for at least 5 days, or orchard grass
hay ad libitum and 4.55 kg of grain offered every 12
hours after being adapted to this diet for at least 5 days.
Physical examinations were performed and samples of
blood, colonic contents, and feces were collected
every 6 hours during a 48-hour observation period.
Results—Grain ingestion had several effects, including
changes in the concentrations of electrolytes in plasma;
RDC contents became more homogenous, dehydrated,
foamy, and less dense; RDC contents flowed
spontaneously when the cannula was opened; RDC
contents expanded when heated in an oven; and feces
became fetid and less formed. Horses did not have any
clinical signs of colic, endotoxemia, or laminitis.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Changes
observed in the colonic contents and feces may be
explained by the large amounts of hydrolyzable carbohydrates
provided by grain. Access to large
amounts of grain may increase the risk of tympany
and displacement of the large intestine. ( Am J Vet Res 2004;65:687–694)
Objective—To assess changes in systemic hydration,
concentrations of electrolytes in plasma, hydration of
colonic contents and feces, and gastrointestinal transit
in horses treated with IV fluid therapy or enteral
administration of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), sodium
sulfate (NaSO4), water, or a balanced electrolyte
Animals—7 horses with fistulas in the right dorsal
Procedure—In a crossover design, horses alternately
received 1 of 6 treatments: no treatment (control); IV
fluid therapy with lactated Ringer's solution; or enteral
administration of MgSO4, Na2SO4, water, or a balanced
electrolyte solution via nasogastric intubation.
Physical examinations were performed and samples
of blood, RDC contents, and feces were collected
every 6 hours during the 48 hour-observation period.
Horses were muzzled for the initial 24 hours but had
access to water ad libitum. Horses had access to hay,
salt, and water ad libitum for the last 24 hours.
Results—Enteral administration of a balanced electrolyte
solution and Na2SO4 were the best treatments
for promoting hydration of RDC contents, followed by
water. Sodium sulfate was the best treatment for promoting
fecal hydration, followed by MgSO4 and the
balanced electrolyte solution. Sodium sulfate caused
hypocalcemia and hypernatremia, and water caused
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Enteral
administration of a balanced electrolyte solution promoted
hydration of RDC contents and may be useful
in horses with large colon impactions. Enteral administration
of either Na2SO4 or water may promote
hydration of RDC contents but can cause severe electrolyte
imbalances. (Am J Vet Res 2004;65:695–704)
Objective—To measure the ascorbic acid (AA) concentration in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and cellular glutathione peroxidase (cGPx) activity in RBCs and WBCs from peripherally obtained blood and in cells from BALF to determine whether differences existed between the 2 major redox systems in recurrent airway obstruction (RAO)-affected and -nonaffected (control) horses and between systemic and local pulmonary responses in the glutathione redox system.
Animals—16 adult horses in pairs: 8 healthy (control) and 8 RAO-affected horses.
Procedures—Physical examination data and biological samples were collected from horses before (remission), during, and after (recovery) environmental challenge with dusty straw and hay. At each stage, BALF cell AA concentration and RBC, WBC, and BALF cell cGPx activity were measured.
Results—Compared with control horses, RAO-affected horses had significantly higher cGPx activity in RBCs at all points and in WBCs during remission and challenge. The BALF cell cGPx activity was higher in RAO-affected horses during recovery than during remission The BALF cell AA concentration did not differ significantly in control horses at any point, but total and free AA concentrations were significantly lower in RAO-affected horses during the challenge period than during remission and recovery periods.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—High cGPx activity suggested this redox system was upregulated during exposure to dusty straw and hay to combat oxidative stress, as AA was depleted in RAO-affected horses. The relative delay and lack of comparative increase in cGPx activity within the local environment (represented by BALF cells), compared with that in RBCs and WBCs, might contribute to disease in RAO-affected horses.
Objective—To determine whether a limited sampling time method based on serum iohexol clearance (Cliohexol) would yield estimates of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in clinically normal horses similar to those for plasma creatinine clearance (Clcreatinine).
Animals—10 clinically normal adult horses.
Procedures—A bolus of iohexol (150 mg/kg) was administered IV, and serum samples were obtained 5, 20, 40, 60, 120, 240, and 360 minutes after injection. Urinary clearance of exogenous creatinine was measured during three 20-minute periods. The GFR determined by use of serum Cliohexol and plasma Clcreatinine was compared with limits of agreement plots.
Results—Values obtained for plasma Clcreatinine ranged from 1.68 to 2.69 mL/min/kg (mean, 2.11 mL/min/kg). Mean serum Cliohexol was 2.38 mL/min/kg (range, 1.95 to 3.33 mL/min/kg). Limits of agreement plots indicated good agreement between the methods.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Use of serum Cliohexol yielded estimates of GFR in clinically normal adult horses similar to those for plasma Clcreatinine. This study was the first step in the evaluation of the use of serum Cliohexol for estimating GFR in adult horses.
Objective—To evaluate healing of pinch-grafted
wounds on the distal aspect of the limbs of ponies
bandaged with equine amnion or a standard nonadherent
wound dressing material.
Procedure—A 2.5 × 2.5-cm full-thickness section of
skin was removed from the dorsal aspect of each
limb at the midpoint of the metacarpus or metatarsus.
Six days later, wounds were grafted with partial-thickness
pinch grafts. Half the wounds were bandaged
with amnion, and the other half were bandaged with
a nonadherent dressing. Bandages were changed
every 3 days until wound healing was complete. At
each bandage change, numbers of grafts lost were
recorded, and wounds were measured.
Results—Percentage of grafts lost from wounds bandaged
with amnion was not significantly different
from percentage lost from wounds bandaged with
the nonadherent dressing. Median healing time for
wounds bandaged with amnion (30 days) was significantly
less than median healing time for wounds bandaged
with the nonadherent dressing (39 days). All
wounds were healed by day 45.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results suggest
that amnion can be used for bandaging pinchgrafted
wounds on the distal aspect of the limbs of
ponies. (Am J Vet Res 2000;61:326–329)
Objective—To determine whether pharmacokinetic
analysis of data derived from a single IV dose of
iohexol could be used to predict creatinine clearance
and evaluate simplified methods for predicting serum
clearance of iohexol with data derived from 2 or 3
blood samples in clinically normal foals.
Animals—10 healthy foals.
Procedure—Serum disposition of iohexol and exogenous
creatinine clearance was determined simultaneously
in each foal (5 males and 5 females). A 3-compartment
model of iohexol serum disposition was
selected via standard methods. Iohexol clearance calculated
from the model was compared with creatinine
clearance. Separate limited-sample models were
created with various combinations of sample times
from the terminal slope of the plasma versus time
profile for iohexol. Correction factors were determined
for the limited-sample models, and iohexol
clearance calculated via each method was compared
with exogenous creatinine clearance by use of
method comparison techniques.
Results—Mean exogenous creatinine clearance was
2.17 mL/min/kg. The disposition of iohexol was best
described by a 3-compartment open model. Mean
clearance value for iohexol was 2.15 mL/min/kg and
was not significantly different from mean creatinine
clearance. A method for predicting serum iohexol
clearance based on a 2-sample protocol (3- and 4-hour
samples) was developed.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Iohexol clearance
can be used to predict exogenous creatinine
clearance and can be determined from 2 blood samples
taken after IV injection of iohexol. Appropriate
correction factors for adult horses and horses with
abnormal glomerular filtration rate need to be determined.
(Am J Vet Res 2003;64:1486–1490)