The Management Practices That Can Be Implicated For The Severity Of Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis During Affected Horses

1591 Words Mar 15th, 2015 7 Pages
This paper will discuss the management practices that can be implicated to help control the severity of Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis in affected horses. Because of the debilitating effects that this condition has, it is important to examine the ways that this disorder can be controlled. Low potassium diets, regular turnout, and a constant schedule have been shown to effectively manage the condition of Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis. The role of potassium in action potentials, as well as in muscular contraction, is reviewed. Also investigated is the ideal way to feed a horse affected with this condition. In recent years, a new condition in the performance horse industry has surfaced which is affecting the athletic ability of these equines. This ailment is caused by a genetic defect in the muscle of horses which impacts the normal function of muscle fiber. Due to the affect that this disorder has on muscle, it is understandable that the industry would be concerned about its effect on equine athletes. This defect is termed Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis, otherwise commonly known as HYPP. This muscle disorder is only evident in horses that are descended from the renowned Quarter Horse stallion, Impressive, who is the sire of numerous halter horses. Because of the prevalence of this condition in the performance horse industry, with all of the affected horses tracing back to a single sire, it becomes apparent that there needs to be a way to safely and effectively manage…

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