Vitamin K

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    Vitamin K
    Vitamin K
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    Vitamin K is required for blood clotting, but no requirement has been established for horses. However, it has been shown that 20 mg/day can be safely fed to performance horses. The use of vitamin K to prevent or lessen exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH, or bleeding from the lungs in racehorses) is currently being studied. Vitamin K in the diet appears to be non-toxic. However, parenteral, intramuscular, or intravenous administration of 2-8 mg of the vitamin K3 (menadione) per kilogram of body weight has caused acute renal failure and death in horses.

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