Vets are urging horse owners to restrict access to sycamore trees after witnessing a rise in equine atypical myopathy (AM), a deadly disease linked to the ingestion of seeds from the tree.
She said: “We would recommend removing access to sycamore and providing supplementary feed during bad weather – both are appropriate measures.”
Past research into the disease suggests AM is caused by the ingestion of sycamore tree seeds, which contain the toxin hypoglycin-A.
The disease is argued to be increasingly prominent during the Autumn or after periods of wet and windy weather.
Symptoms of the disease include:
- muscle tremors
- dark coloured urine
- breathing problems
- sudden weakness
- low body temperature
Urgent treatment and careful management is essential to combat the equine disease.