08-25-2013, 03:19 PM
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Cool calories safe to feed to horse with laminitis??
Hey everyone, my mare Mayberry had a foal on July 16th of this summer.. This was her first pregnancy, the birth went very smoothly, and we got a beautiful and healthy filly! After about 3 hrs however she still had not passed her placenta and wasn't making any progress so we called up our vet told him what was going on, and he said not to worry maiden's sometimes take longer to pass the placenta and he would come out in the morning if she still hadn't passed it. (It was 12am when we called him so guessing he didn't want to come out at that hour...) I was very unhappy with his decision but just listened and tried to relax. In the morning she still hadn't passed it so the vet came out and removed it, examined it to make sure there were no missing pieces and then flushed her. We also put her on antibiotics just to be safe. Everything seemed fine.. a few days later however I went to bring Mayberry and Sky (her foal) in for the night and she wouldn't walk.. then she was doing the classic laminitis "sawhorse" stance. My heart sank and I panicked. I managed to get her to hobble to the barn and then called my vet. He came and flushed her again, told us to start her on banamine and continue with the antibiotics for 10 more days. She was on stall rest for about a week and then she started to look better so we started turning her out in a dirt paddock. Now a month and half later she is doing MUCH better. She is still off grass and grain, and is only getting hay and 2 lbs of beet pulp a day. She isn't getting bute anymore and doesn't look sore. Now it is a matter of being very careful with her diet. The problem now however is that since she is nursing a foal and just getting hay and beet pulp, she has lost a lot of weight... She is a super easy keeper but the demands of nursing are starting to take a toll. And Sky is only 5 1/2 weeks old.. so not even close to being able to be weaned. So my question is: Would the supplement Cool Calories be safe to feed her to try and get some weight on her?? It's just fat I believe so that's why I was curious about. I'm just really worried she's going to keep dropping weight until she's a skeleton... I'll post a pic of her now in a bit. But she's a little ribby and her spine is starting to show as well as her hip bones and tail head.. I'm just super worried :( any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!