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    07-26-2012, 09:37 PM
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Colic or heat exhaustion

Pistol is acting wierd. His belly is rally distended. Slight gas sounds. Temp is 98.6 he is putting his nose down then slowly swinging his head up and Down. The will look at his belly. Found 2 soft piles of poo. Soft is normal. I hosed and he seems a little happier. Vet is an hour out still. Sitting outside with him. Bugs are biting me. Advice while I wait is appreciated. He does make a few gurgle gas sounds through his nose. He is 28 years old.
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    07-26-2012, 09:41 PM
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Good luck, I hope all goes well.
With a normal Temp it does not sound like the heat.

Actually that is below normal temp.
    07-26-2012, 09:46 PM
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Husband wonders if it is a slight choke. He is out of town. That is his phone geuss. Pistol only has 4 teeth.
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    07-26-2012, 09:49 PM
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Is anything comming out of his nose, that is a sure sign of choke. Saliva and mucus will pour out of his nose and mouth.
    07-26-2012, 09:55 PM
It might be heat stress. Try hosing/scraping/hosing/scraping to see if you can't cool him down a bit. I have a big bay mare that gets heat stress, and it always looks like mild colic, but her temp is normal when it happens.

Please keep us posted, and I wish you luck!
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    07-26-2012, 10:08 PM
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I hosed. He is actually cool to touch. No mucous or slime. His mouth is dry. The noise is like a pig grunt.
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    07-26-2012, 11:36 PM
Any update on pistol yet? Hoping that the vet has arrived by now....
    07-26-2012, 11:52 PM
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Keep us appraised. Hope all resolves well.
    07-26-2012, 11:54 PM
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I had tried to give him some oral banamine when I first saw him. I gave him a full dose which he promptly spit out and then tried to give another half dose which he spit out. So I didn't think he got any.

By the time the vet got there he was feeling quite a bit better. Of course the temp had gone from 100 to about 86. She said his temp was normal, gut was normal, respirations normal... His heart murmer has gotten pretty severe she said. She did pull some blood for testing and gave him a shot, I forget what she said it was, kind of like banamine but better on the tummy?

She had never seen Pistol before, she was the on call vet for the evening and I think she may have been irritated that I called her out. He still wasn't normal when she left but she said that his eyes were bright and he did not look anything like a 28 year old horse. She said if it wasn't for the heart murmer and his teeth she wouldn't have realized his age.

She said she thinks the heat got to him and my hosing and the temperature dropping had probably made him feel much better. He definetly wasn't normal when she left but was much happier. I geuss I called the vet too quick. I've had sweetpea for 25 years though...
    07-27-2012, 12:00 AM
I'm glad he is feeling better Don't second guess your decision to call the vet,you did the right thing! I would have been on the phone to the vet too You would have felt much worse if you had held off calling & he ended up getting much worse instead of better.

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