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Can J Vet Res. 1993 January; 57(1): 9–13.
PMCID: PMC1263581

Alterations of fluid and electrolyte balance in thoroughbred racehorses following strenuous exercise during training.


Alterations of acid-base status, and fluid and electrolyte balance subsequent to exercise in Thoroughbred racehorses in North America have not been well-characterized. Des-cribed here are the results of an observational study conducted to characterize changes in fluid and electrolytes following strenuous exercise of 16 Thoroughbreds under routine training conditions. Changes following strenuous exercise were determined for the following variables: serum concentrations of sodium (Na), potassium (K), chloride (Cl) and protein; pH of blood; osmolality of plasma and urine; body weight; and, fractional urinary excretion (FE) of Na, K and Cl. The following changes occurred during exercise: increased concentration of Na in blood; increased FE of Na; decreased concentration of Cl in blood; decreased FE of Cl; increased urinary and plasmal osmolality; weight-loss; decreased pH of blood; and, increased concentration of lactic acid. The concurrent decreased concentration of chloride in plasma and acidemia in these horses differed from the hypochloremic, metabolic alkalosis previously described among endurance horses. Acidemia was attributed to production of lactic acid by anaerobic glycolysis.

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