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post #1 of 4 Old 09-24-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Chronic Diarrhea/Mild Colic?

I'm really at a loss. I have a 13 year old pony mare who has had a chronic diarrhea since I got her about two years ago. It comes and goes and turns projectile for about a week and then gets better. It always comes back. The vet has given her Dia-gel in the past and she's been dewormed. When she gets like this she drops weight, gets lethargic and has no stamina. Then boom shes back to normal. I don't know what to do about it and even my vet is kind of lost. I'm open to any suggestions or experiences that may help her :(

I also have had a surge of mild colic-like symptoms through the barn. I highly doubt that it is sand colic since three different horses have had it and none of them have much sand content in their manure. It starts them laying down, getting lethargic and not wanting to eat anything but grass. Then they spike a fever. I give them banamine and cold hose them to bring down the fever and then they are fine. I'm not sure what is going on and the vet keeps telling me its just colic. They aren't thrashing, biting at their sides, still have gut sounds and pass manure and urine. Two of them have had a tenderness right by the flank, but underneath.

If you have heard of anything, please help :( I'm getting really desperate.

I live in South Florida, if it helps.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-24-2013, 08:02 PM
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What is their diet like? For the surge of mild colic is it possible there is something in environment causing them to have a bad reaction? I am in South Florida as well and all the rain we have been having maybe something has been introduced into their environment. Pesticide run off, a new weed growing, grass is very wet, or maybe just the weather being so wet.

As for the one with chronic diarrhea what have you tried already besides the Dia-gel. I may repeating what you already tried, has the vet checked for ulcers? Regardless I would feed beet pulp, with timothy/alfalfa cubes, no grains what so ever, if you use a commercial feed use one without corn, oats, or wheat. I would also be feeding pro-biotics, and a good mineral supplement.

If you have already tried that have you had your grass/soil checked for possible contaminants. Otherwise I have no clue.

Where in SF are you by the way?
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-24-2013, 08:12 PM
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Do you have a veterinarian hospital that you could go to for a full examination? It might be time the horse gets a second opinion.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-25-2013, 11:49 AM
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I would definitely consider ulcers as well. Those symptoms can be related...
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