MIN-ah-rel OIL - Pronunciation guide
- Improved Hoof Dressing
- Mineral Oil
- Mineral Oil 150
- Mineral Oil 95V
- Mineral Oil Light
Mineral oil is a liquid petrolatum that has been refined for internal use. Mineral oil acts as a laxative by lubricating fecal material and the intestinal mucosa. It also reduces reabsorption of water from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby increasing fecal bulk and decreasing intestinal transit time.
Mineral oil is used in horses to treat constipation and fecal impactions, and, in some cases, to treat sand colic. It is sometimes administered after an animal ingests lipid-soluble toxins, such as kerosene or metalaldehyde, to retard the absorption of these toxins through its laxative and solubility properties.
Mineral oil may also be used as a hoof dressing to protect and condition the horse's hooves when recommended by a farrier or veterinarian.
Dosage and Administration
|As a mild laxative|
|Nasogastric tube||3-4 quarts (adult), 0.5 quarts (foal)||Treatment||NA|
Granulomatous reactions have occurred in the liver, spleen, and mesenteric lymph nodes when significant quantities of mineral oil are absorbed from the gut. Oil leakage from the anus may occur. Long-term administration of mineral oil may lead to decreased absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E, & K).
Oil should be administered in appropriate cases, and when tubing is used, care should be taken to make sure that the tube is in the stomach to prevent aspiration into the lungs.
Mineral oil should be given between feedings to keep it from interfering with vitamin absorption.
None noted, except for interfering with vitamin absorption.
No specific information is given.
Corta-Fix Mineral Oil Pellets
Mineral Oil Light Solution
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