Are you seeing red snow in the pasture this winter?

Not to be alarmed!

Horse urine contains natural oxidizing agents called pyrocatechines that can react with the red snowsnow turning it red. The same scenario can occur if urine sits for awhile.

Alternatively, clinical signs of a lower urinary tract problem typically include straining to urinate, posturing to urinate frequently or even colic-like symptoms. If the above symptoms are present or you visualize red urine coming from the horse you should call your veterinarian. A fresh urine sample can be collected and a urinalysis can be preformed to determine if blood or other pigments such as those caused by the breakdown of muscle (myoglobin) or the breakdown of red blood cells (hemoglobin) are actually present in the urine. An endoscope can also be used to visualize if your horse has a urethral blockage or a tear.

Stay warm out there!

Dr. Megan Slamka