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    10-31-2008, 06:00 PM
  #1
Foal
Could you help diagnose what killed my pony?

My kids pony was in great health 24 hours ago. I came home at 5 pm yesterday and noticed she was rolling a lot. I suspected colic and started the usual walking etc.., and at 8pm called a vet. The Vet gave her a sedative, a pain killer and 5 litres of parrafin oil and 5 litres of water mixed with electrolites through her nose. It was so much that it back washed and came back up her nose and mouth. That night she seemed better, was grazing. In the morning she had passed a bowel so I thought it was all over. By 9 am she had a temperature (41 degrees), was having difficulty breathing, her heart rate was up, a constant muscle spasm in her back legs, was moving her head up and down, could hardly walk, her tongue had come out of her mouth and was blue (she had no feeling). I called the vet who was totally confused by her symptoms and could not diagnose her, but he thought she was ok. He gave her a sedative/painkiller and within 5 minutes she dropped to my feet spasmed and died. I do not have enough money for an autopsy and tests. I am suspiscious of the vet that put all the oil and water in her. Could it of ruptured her gut? Would it explain the fever and tongue?

The vets where I live are notoriously CRAP!
She was treated in my back garden and I left her in there for the evening so I could check on her through the night. There are no poisons or plants in my garden, I live on my own equestrian property. A twisted gut would not explain the fever....
     
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    10-31-2008, 06:12 PM
  #2
Trained
I'm so sorry this happened to you! That must have been so awful!!

I have no idea what it could have been, but I do hope you find out!

So sorry for your loss :(
     
    10-31-2008, 08:44 PM
  #3
Showing
Really sorry about your loss I only deal with sick/injured human beings so I would honestly have no idea what might have been happening with her. It sounds like it was more than a simple case of colic tho.

Really sorry you had to go thru this. Every horse owner's worst nightmare. My thoughts are with you.
     
    10-31-2008, 09:08 PM
  #4
Trained
Phae, that's terrible. I find nothing so tragic as an unexplained death. Has the vet consulted any other vet about it? Perhaps he has some insight now? I would call and ask him if he has any new information.
     
    11-01-2008, 12:23 AM
  #5
Started
A twisted gut wouldn't but a ruputed one would explain thefever and the reaction you got... I wonder if it was possibly choke... the reflux of oil makes me think that
     
    11-01-2008, 12:47 PM
  #6
Yearling
Even a twisted gut could explain the symptoms due to tissue becoming necrotic. And the reflux would be consistent with a torsion because nothing could move through.

Choke wouldn't even be on the list for me.

But these are just guesses from all of us.


Whatever the case, a colic should not have been allowed to eat until she was passing feces and not showing signs of pain for at least 12 hours.

I'm very sorry about your horse.
     
    11-02-2008, 12:26 PM
  #7
Yearling
I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I had some insight to give to you for what happened, but I don't. That really is sad and its very scary when you can't put your trust and faith in your vet.

I am so sorry.
     
    11-02-2008, 01:40 PM
  #8
Cat
Green Broke
I am so sorry for your loss. I loss one of mine to a "strange" colic and was not able to get a necropsy at the time (I had 2 choices - vet gut the horse there on the property, but it would have sat out like that for at least 24 hours attracting coyotes and what not before the renderes could come or trailer the dead horse to the university 2 hours away myself when I didn't have a trailer) and to this day I still wonder what happened.
     
    11-02-2008, 11:39 PM
  #9
Yearling
Did the vet do a rectal palpation? I talked to a vet I know who said possibly a twist where the bowel turns and cuts itself off. That causes death, they get bad color are lethargic and go into shock. A rectal exam would diagnose that. So sorry about your pony!
     
    11-04-2008, 08:56 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by phaebarrett    
My kids pony was in great health 24 hours ago. I came home at 5 pm yesterday and noticed she was rolling a lot. I suspected colic and started the usual walking etc.., and at 8pm called a vet. The Vet gave her a sedative, a pain killer and 5 litres of parrafin oil and 5 litres of water mixed with electrolites through her nose. It was so much that it back washed and came back up her nose and mouth. That night she seemed better, was grazing. In the morning she had passed a bowel so I thought it was all over. By 9 am she had a temperature (41 degrees), was having difficulty breathing, her heart rate was up, a constant muscle spasm in her back legs, was moving her head up and down, could hardly walk, her tongue had come out of her mouth and was blue (she had no feeling). I called the vet who was totally confused by her symptoms and could not diagnose her, but he thought she was ok. He gave her a sedative/painkiller and within 5 minutes she dropped to my feet spasmed and died. I do not have enough money for an autopsy and tests. I am suspiscious of the vet that put all the oil and water in her. Could it of ruptured her gut? Would it explain the fever and tongue?

The vets where I live are notoriously CRAP!
She was treated in my back garden and I left her in there for the evening so I could check on her through the night. There are no poisons or plants in my garden, I live on my own equestrian property. A twisted gut would not explain the fever....

I am wondering if the fluids that came back up like you describe went into
The lungs. I think this is what happened.
The tongue being blue would to me represent lack of oxygen. The temperature is that farinheight or celcious. Normal for a horse is 101 degrees F. Plus or minus 1 degree.

I have a friend who when the vet (treating for colic) tubed his horse got liquid in the lungs.
2 days later the horse died.

I am sorry for your loss.

Edited to add, here the vets use mineral oil
     

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