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    11-19-2012, 07:16 PM
  #41
Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but isn't pigeon fever as bad or worse than strangles?

It is very possible and with this new info I would make my vet come out tomorrow. And be very, very pissed this wasn't disclosed of ahead of time. They told you she had discharge but never mentioned the severity of it.
I think it is but I don't think it is a big deal they didn't tell me because they must have ruled it out. I'm having my vet out as soon as he can. Hopefully tonight.
     
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    11-19-2012, 07:23 PM
  #42
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by TaraBearaIsBack    
I think it is but I don't think it is a big deal they didn't tell me because they must have ruled it out. I'm having my vet out as soon as he can. Hopefully tonight.
Sorry but at this point I wouldn't trust a word they said. You're 16 and a little naive, you want to trust these people and see the best in them but the hard truth is many people lie especially when getting rid of a horse.

Get your vet out and have them rule anything out. At this point you can't rule any diseases out because they said she didn't have them.

I hope for you this is nothing serious but unfortunately people aren't always truthful.
     
    11-19-2012, 07:27 PM
  #43
Foal
The strange thing about all of this now though, is that she hasn't shown any signs of being SICK. Other than the discharge nothing is wrong with her. She's perfectly happy, eats a lot, drinks a lot, has normal poop, has no temperature, never complains about any thing or show signs of pain, or anything!
     
    11-19-2012, 07:30 PM
  #44
Yearling
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    11-19-2012, 07:30 PM
  #45
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That's good! And hopefully it means your horse is healthy or getting healthy but especially with the drainage hole I would get the vet out SOON, not next week, not in two weeks, explain the situation, explain the potential diseases and insist that it is important your vet come out and see the horse.
It's really good that she seems healthy, and you want to keep her that way, right? It's best to keep on top of it, rather than wait and wait for a convenient time for the vet, and then find out that because you weren't on top of what was potentially wrong with her that she has gotten sick again.
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    11-19-2012, 07:31 PM
  #46
Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Sorry but at this point I wouldn't trust a word they said. You're 16 and a little naive, you want to trust these people and see the best in them but the hard truth is many people lie especially when getting rid of a horse.

Get your vet out and have them rule anything out. At this point you can't rule any diseases out because they said she didn't have them.

I hope for you this is nothing serious but unfortunately people aren't always truthful.
I can understand not trusting someone who has lied to you and yes I can be naive and I don't have the experience or knowledge about sick horses or rare diseases other than colic basically but I know I can trust these people because they weren't even trying to get rid of her; I was being impatient and wanted her faster (waiting 1 month was long enough for me) and I didn't even buy her or give them any money for her, they gave her to me (I picked her out and she wasn't sick then) And she told me I had to keep her on Quarantine when I brought her home and I have but I didn't think much about it being a big deal.
     
    11-19-2012, 07:40 PM
  #47
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Hope you find out whats wrong with your new filly pigeon fever isnt good and strangles is highly contagious. As far as trusting the breeders of this filly I wouldnt they have already covered up a possible serious dease. I hate too say this but horse people are sometimes less then honest. Hope all turns out well for your filly let us know what you find out after the vet comes out.
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    11-19-2012, 08:07 PM
  #48
Weanling
I would worry about what she is sick with NOW and what she could be carrying.

I really understand and encourage quarantine. I do it with all my animals. But, is it odd that the breeder said you had to keep her in QT when you got home?

I would be very hesitant to buy an animals that told me that at purchase.
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    11-19-2012, 08:34 PM
  #49
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Pigeon Fever is not a big deal unless you are trying to keep a horse in show condition or fitted for a sale or something like that. Once in a great while, one will get internal abscesses, but very few do. We had our first cases of it this year because of the drought. The horses got over it just fine. There is no vaccine and no treatment is recommended unless a horse gets complications. When I had my first one this year, I called my Vet and he said my horse was the 12th one he had that week. We had never had it around here before 2011.

Strangles is a lot worse.

If she is feeling good and eating good, I would not be real worried about her. I would just be very careful handling her and then handling other horses. You will spread anything like Strangles to other horses.

I would get a thermometer and keep it for your horses. Take her temperature. If she has any elevated temperature at all, I would ask your Vet if he will give you some SMZ pills. That is what my Vet would do. Ten days on SMZs will clear up most chronic snotty noses and will keep them from getting worse (like pneumonia). Horses usually eat them mixed in feed.
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    11-19-2012, 08:40 PM
  #50
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by TaraBearaIsBack    
The strange thing about all of this now though, is that she hasn't shown any signs of being SICK. Other than the discharge nothing is wrong with her. She's perfectly happy, eats a lot, drinks a lot, has normal poop, has no temperature, never complains about any thing or show signs of pain, or anything!
"Hasn't shown any signs of being sick" really isn't true. You have no baseline for this foal to determine what her normal temperature and bodily functions are. For temperature monitoring, you need to do it at least 2x per day to start a chart. You also really haven't had her long enough to know what might be her normal level of eating, drinking, pooping, and activity. She probably also has swollen lymph nodes and maybe even some altered lung sounds that you can't detect without knowing how to check them.

Pigeon fever and strangles are different enough in *almost all normal presentations* to be easily differentiated between. If there was any question as to choosing between the two, a simple culture would have a result in about 24hrs.

If this breeder has another horse(s) with lingering symptoms it is because it is being treated improperly or becoming reinfected.

As has been said, have the vet out (which you're already working on) ask questions, have him give you written instructions for care and follow them. I would forget about the breeder, this is your horse and your responsibility. Take it as an excellent time to learn and develop a good relationship with your vet. Be happy that this illness is treatable and not your fault, but use what you learn to protect the other horses on the property too.
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