3-Week-Old Colt Down and Wont Get Up! Please Help!
Sorry to introduce myself through this thread, but I'm really freaked out right now and could use some advice! I've searched the forum for the word paralyzed and found just one thread that was similar, and it had a bad outcome.
Rebel is a 3-week-old colt. He began walking strangely yesterday and collapsed seemingly out of nowhere. He is in the barn now laying on a comfy bed of hay. He wouldn't take a bottle last night, my mom stayed with him in the barn until nearly morning. She stayed home from work today and tried to feed him with little success. Tonight it took me and my wife 3 hours to get him to drink a water bottle full of formula.
Two vets have come by so far. One suspected sepsis, but Rebel isn't running a fever and his white blood cell count is normal. The other thinks that it is a trauma injury, but in running my hands along his spine and elsewhere, he doesn't react to pain. There are no bumps or lacerations either.
He isn't totally paralyzed, he struggles to avoid the bottle by kicking his back legs. He tries to get up, but can't. We helped him up a couple of times and he goes straight to his mother who has been watching over him in the barn. He will suckle for a moment and lose his strength, bowing his head and collapsing.
I am driving back over here tomorrow to feed him in the morning and see if he has gained any strength and can stand any longer. I will post a video tomorrow. Thanks for any advice you can give me.