The liver is the chemical factory of the body and one of the most important and largest organs in your horse. You or your vet may only begin to suspect a liver problem when around 70% of the tissue in the liver is badly damaged. Therefore liver disease is always a serious disease and one from which horses rarely recover completely.
When the condition gets a lot worse horses may show serious nervous signs.
Treatment: In the conventional medicine kit there is no specific treatment for liver disease. A horse should be given complete rest and fed high energy food low in protein. B vitamins and glucose by mouth can be helpful and antibiotics to control secondary infections can be important. Alternative veterinary surgeons find that herbs can be particularly useful in liver disease.