horse urinating a lot

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  1. MelissaH

    MelissaH Senior Member+

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    I have noticed that Dubie has been urinating a lot and drinking lots of water. He has hardly done any poo.

    Tomorrow I am getting a shipment of hay and getting him off the alfalfa. I am getting 3-way hay...My vet recommended it.

    What could be the cause of frequent unrination?
     






  2. Cowgirl2135

    Cowgirl2135 Senior Member+

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    Drinking a lot of water=peeing a lot. He might need salt as well
     
  3. MelissaH

    MelissaH Senior Member+

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    I put a salt block in there yesterday. He seems fine, calm etc....I know that alfalfa can be hard on kidneys, that's why I am taking him off complete alfalfa.
     
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    Does he have blood in his pee?
     
  5. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    WHOA!!! Alfalfa, due to high protein, can cause horses to urinate more frequently.

    It isn't hte alfalfa directly, but the CALCIUM in the alfalfa that causes kidney issues. On a healthy horse, there is usually NO ISSUES! on older or sickly horses, yes, the excess calcium might build up, but again, that can happen with grain or supplements as well.
     
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    My neighbor has a mare like that. She's perfectly healthy, and does it out of boredom. She has two other horses she rides and this mare just sits at home most of the time.
     
  7. MelissaH

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    No blood in the pee. He's only 5 and pees like a race horse. The other horse who is 18 poos a lot. ALOT! and does not pee as much.
     
  8. Blistering Winds

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    Ok, If this horse isn't "poo-ing" as much, that means probably the body is using the nutrients that hte alfalfa is providing. As Alfalfa is easier to digest as a whole, due to more leaves, less stems. The urine is getting ready of the excess "nitrates" that the body doesn't need.

    If the older horse is "poo-ing" more, then he is either not needing the nutrients or cannot digest the nutrients properly.
     
  9. Cowgirl2135

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    Yep, agree everything with BW
     
  10. MelissaH

    MelissaH Senior Member+

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    Okay he just did a big healthy poo. Looks good too. Normal I mean. Not like a delicacy :D

    I am going to take them off the complete alfalfa and try 3 way that the vet recommended.

    thanks for all the feedback.
     






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