mag-NE-ze-um SUL-fate - Pronunciation guide
- Cooper's Best Epsom Salt Poultice
Magnesium sulfate is useful in several ways in the horse stable. Given its saline properties, its ability to be absorbed into the skin, its laxative properties, and its cleansing properties, as well as its ready availability and low cost, it serves several purposes.
Magnesium Sulfate IV is used to treat cases of anti-arrhythmics in equines.
Magnesium Sulfate in IV form is used to treat ventricular tachycardia and in the management of ventricular arrhythmias not responsive to other antiarrhythmic agents.
In foals, it is used to treat perinatal asphyxia syndrome.
Magnesium sulfate is commonly used as a laxative and a wound soak for horses. In the gel form available from many veterinarian supply sources, it is reported to be very useful in significant and lasting reduction of pain in the horse's limbs. Magnesium sulfate paste is sometimes used as an agent in drawing boils and carbuncles. Used in soaking wounds, it helps clean and soothe the tissues and skin.
Magnesium sulfate may also be used as a supplemental source of magnesium in the diet of horses.
Dosage and Administration
|As an oral laxative|
|Oral or Nasogastric tube||1-4 mg/kg||Dissolve in 1 (foal) to 4 (adult) liters warm water||Daily||NA|
|As an hoof poultice1|
|Topical||As needed||Moisten with warm water to form a paste2||36-48 hours||NA|
|As an drawing soak1|
|Foot bath||As needed||Add to 4 liters warm water as much Epsom Salt as will dissolve.||10-15 minutes 2 times a day||2 or 3 days|
Excessive use may lead to diarrhea.
Excessive magnesium will be excreted in the urine, but too much may cause renal problems.
Do not use magnesium- plus calcium-containing solutions when given as IV.
May cause renal problems and diarrhea.
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