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    07-25-2010, 01:58 PM
Glad to hear the vet is coming!! I was going to suggest CERTO (pectin) for the diarrhea but there has to be a cause and hopefully the vet can figure that one out. Will she eat applesauce? Keeping her in my thoughts. I recall my stomach going crazy once in a while when pregnant.......
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    07-25-2010, 02:00 PM
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Sounds like she is crashing. I'd either find a way to get her to the vet hospital, whatever you have to do (their power wont be out forever after all) or make the hard choice. It sounds like she is in a lot of pain and I couldn't see prolonging it if I was running out of treatment options completely. I'm very sorry you are having to go through this. I hope the vet stumbles across something miraculous and easy to fix on his visit today.
    07-25-2010, 02:52 PM
Put a catheter in her neck and Im giving her 5 liters of fluids 4 times a day. Gave her pain meds, Potomac meds, and biosponge. Still no signs of progress.
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    07-25-2010, 03:03 PM
I thought Potomac had been ruled out? I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. It was supposed to be a happy time! It's just not fair...
    07-25-2010, 03:17 PM
Originally Posted by dee    
I thought Potomac had been ruled out? I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. It was supposed to be a happy time! It's just not fair...
I thought we did too! She has no fever (temp 100.5), heart rate is 60 bpm, good white cell count, just lots of diarrhea and dehydrated.
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    07-25-2010, 03:23 PM
Maybe the vet is just trying to cover all the bases...just in case. Or she has a really mild case, which would mean a full blown case would be really scary.

In any case, the supportive care - IE the fluids, will certainly not hurt, and may be just the boost she needs.

However, please excuse my ignorance - but what is biosponge?
    07-25-2010, 03:59 PM
Biosponge is kind of like the equigel I mentioned. A probiotic that binds with toxins and bacterium to expel it from the system. It is administered via stomach tube thru the nose as a thick muddy mixture with about 1-2 gallons of water.
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    07-25-2010, 05:25 PM
What about kidneys? Could she have gotten into anything slightly toxic like a weird plant or weed or something? A horse at the stable I board at up above showed signs very similar to yours and they ran a panel on his Kidneys I believe and he was at a .9 or .09 I forget which, I'm not very good with this but I guess it meant his Kidneys just weren't functioning so they did a biosponge, lots of Iv's, loaded him with cranberry juice, his owner slept with him, and after about 2 weeks he came back down closer to a normal range at .4 I believe. I always forget if there's an 0 before or not. He's an old boy though, 33 and they found out he may have eaten some fox glove so we all went in an weeded his entire pasture.
I hope she gets better soon though!
    07-25-2010, 05:37 PM
They said any poisons (weeds or otherwise) usually show neurological symptoms as well as other problems not strictly diarrhea. And after 3 days of 100% controlled intake anything from food should be flushed from her system.
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    07-25-2010, 05:41 PM
Did the bloodwork show up anything unusual? White count? Kidney function? Liver function?
My prayers are with you and your horse
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