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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Horse losing weight

Hi, our horse ate acorns. Shortly thereafter we noticed her losing weight. Now she doesn't eat her hay. We ahve had the vet twice. Todays bloodwork showed a low white blood count, a low lymphocite count and high calcium. Is this acorn related or are we looking at cancer (lymphoma)? She is 14. We don't have a lot of money to put into her but we love her. Help!

Where are you from? NC

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Re: Horse losing weight

Hi Jan,

I'm sorry to hear about your mare. Acorns, in small amounts, are generally harmless. But, they are toxic if eaten in substantial quantity (and so are the leaves of oak trees).

Her low wbc count could definitely be due to the toxic acorns. Did you have her liver tested? Low calcium could be a number of things, including damage to the parathyroid gland. Without more information, I can't be any more specific. What did your vet suggest?

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO