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Long-term prospects for horses with grass sickness (dysautonomia)
  1. D. L. Doxey, BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS1,
  2. E. M. Milne, BVM&S, PhD, MRCVS2,
  3. J. Ellison3 and
  4. P. J. S. Curry3
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2 SAC Veterinary Services, St Mary's Industrial Estate, Dumfries DG1 lDX
  3. 3 Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire CV35 9BL


Responses to questionnaires were received from 31 owners of horses or ponies treated for chronic grass sickness (dysautonomia). Contrary to previous opinions the respondents indicated that the majority of the animals were capable of strenuous work, had regained the weight they had lost and, apart from a few residual problems such as difficulty in coping with dry fibrous food, had returned to a normal life. They had recovered slowly and had involved the owners in considerable extra work, but all the owners indicated that they considered the effort to have been worthwhile.

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