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Equine Hyperlipidemias

  • Title: Equine Hyperlipidemias
  • Description:
    Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice, Vol 27(1), April 2011, pp 59-72
  • Category: Equine Medicine and Surgery

  • Abstract / Overview:
  • Hyperlipidemia is the presence of elevated lipid concentrations in the blood and is associated with periods of negative energy balance and physiologic stress. In increased concentrations, circulating lipids typically occur in the triglyceride form, which may interfere with numerous normal physiologic functions, particularly by reducing insulin sensitivity. Although the hyperlipidemia risk is greatest in ponies, miniature horses, and donkeys, all equids are at risk if they are in a situation involving negative energy balance. The sedentary lifestyle of many modern horses and the frequent feeding of high-carbohydrate diets contribute substantially to the risk of excessive fat mobilization and the development of hyperlipidemias.


    • Disorders of equine fat metabolism
    • Normal energy metabolism in horses
    • Disturbances of energy metabolism
    • Diagnosis of hyperlipidemias
    • Incidence of hyperlipidemias
    • Prevention of hyperlipidemias
    • Management of hyperlipidemias
    • Correction of Negative Energy Balance
    • Enteral Nutritional Support
    • PN Support
    • Short-term caloric supplementation
    • Insulin Therapy
    • Other treatments for hyperlipidemias
    • Summary