Narcolepsy

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological sleep disorder characterized by sudden onset of sleep and collapse. There are two types of syndromes recognized in horses--the first affecting young foals (Neonatal narcolepsy) and the second an acquired condition of adult horses.

Neonatal narcolepsy is often seen in miniature Shetland pony and Suffolk Punch horse breeds.

Symptoms

Drowsiness
Sudden lowering of the head
Buckling at the knees
Stumbling

Diagnosis

  • Clinical signs
  • History
  • Physical exam

Treatment

Supportive care

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