Lexington, Ky.-While mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) was
swiftly becoming a household word in Kentucky last spring, animal practitioners
in central Kentucky were also reporting an influx in the number of cases
of pericarditis, an uncommon disease involving the heart and the sac around
Though the equine species in general excretes urine with high mineral
content, especially calcium carbonate, and despite a normally alkaline urine
pH, which tends to favor formation of urinary tract stones, equine urinary
tract lithiasis is relatively uncommon.