Liver Disease

Liver Disease

Liver disease is common in horses and signs can remain quite subtle for a long period of time. Horses with liver disease may show decreased appetite, weight loss (with or without decreased appetite), mild colic signs, or simply be “under the weather”. Causes of liver disease include mycotoxicosis (intoxication with mouldy forage), iron toxicosis, ragwort poisoning, infection and occasionally fluke infestation. A blood test will screen for liver disease, but only a liver biopsy will allow a specific diagnosis and targeted treatment. Liver biopsy is performed under ultrasound guidance and has a very low rate of complications.