Blood in urine

I have a 20 month old paint filly that I purchased in April of last year. When I got her I didn't know if she had been wormed and the vet told me to get her on a routine, which I did (she was on a daily wormer). Her hair coat had not shed out all the ...I have a 20 month old paint filly that I purchased in April of last year. When I got her I didn't know if she had been wormed and the vet told me to get her on a routine, which I did (she was on a daily wormer). Her hair coat had not shed out all the ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

I have a 20 month old paint filly that I purchased in April of last year. When I got her I didn’t know if she had been wormed and the vet told me to get her on a routine, which I did (she was on a daily wormer). Her hair coat had not shed out all the way and it was the consistency of straw. She also had lice real bad. Well, I kind of thought that she was scrawny, but with all that was wrong with her I thought that she would catch up with some TLC. I had the vet look at her and he said that everything looked fine except for her weight.

She has gained over 100lbs. since I have had her and she has a nice shiney, soft coat. She eats well, and has a perky disposition, but the thing that has me concerned is the color of her urine. It has been real dark lately. It almost looks bloody. She doesn’t seem to have trouble urinating nor does she act sick. It also doesn’t have an offensive odor. Should I be worried???

She also has had mild problems with impaction colic during this winter season. She usually gets better within an hour or so after I see that she is having difficulties. Could this be another symptom?? Should I have my vet check her out. The only bloodwork that has been done on her (as far as I know) is a coggins test, and it was neg. Thanks for your time.

Shana,

The first thing you have to remember is that the daily dewormer only kills a specific type of parasite. You will still need to deworm your horse with an ivermectin base product in the spring and fall (after the first frost). It sounds like your horse is not drinking enough water (they should drink about 30-35 ml/Kg per day). Horses tend to not drink enough during the winter months and often end up with a colic. I would monitor the water intake of the horse and see if she is drinking enough water each day.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder