Re: Red cell

Lorna Cane

Hi Karen,

I did a search 
There are a lot of messages about anemia in horses,but this is one from Dr. Kellon:

"Unless the iron deficiency was diagnosed through a blood screen at Kansas State including serum iron, transferrin and ferritin, you can't diagnose iron deficiency. Anemia in adult horses is rarely, if ever, iron deficiency. If it was the MCV and MCHC would be low.

Anemia of chronic disease, which is a bone marrow suppression, is the most common cause of anemia in C/IR horses. It's usually mild and does not need to be treated. Oxidative stress from inadequate mineral and vitamin (E) supplementation may also play a role."

Entire message is number 157824.

Lorna in Ontario,Canada
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