ABSTRACT: Intravenous fluid therapy is an important part of critical patient care. Therefore, it is important to understand the specific challenges of providing intravenous fluids to horses and their special electrolyte requirements. This article reviews the essentials of equine intravenous fluid therapy, including the fluid electrolyte compositions for treating horses and foals with specific conditions. Also provided are dose rates and formulations for tailoring intravenous fluids to specific purposes.


Shaun A. McKane


Shaun graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 and completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne before taking up a residency at Oregon State University. In 2002 he moved to the University of Liverpool and more recently re-entered private equine practice at Cotts Equine Hospital, Pembrokeshire. Shaun is an ACVIM and ECEIM Boarded Specialist and has particular interests in cardiac, respiratory and sports medicine.

Keywords: Clinical, Therapy, Intravenous

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 28 (03) • March 2013 • pp78-80

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