Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why might a horse have yellow gums?

Gum color in horses is a good indicator of certain health conditions - partly because it's quite, quite easy to look at a horse's gums.

There are two reasons why a horse's gums might look yellow - one serious and one amusing.

The serious reason is liver problems (liver failure is a very common cause of death in older horses) - jaundice in horses often shows up on the gums.

The amusing reason is too many carrots! Alfalfa can also turn a horse's gums slightly yellow. Both foods have a lot of beta carotene, and this can cause a tint of yellow on the gums.

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