Hypothalamic and vasomotor endocrine response in septic foals

Foals with sepsis often develop dehydration, low blood pressure and poor supply to organs like the brain, kidney and intestine. We believe that blood levels of hormones that play a role on regulation of blood pressure (CRH, AVP, ACTH, Renin, Angiotensin and Aldosterone) are abnormal in septic foals and that can contribute to organ failure and death. To test the level of these hormones we will collect an extra blood sample of septic foals admitted to the hospital.