07-23-2012, 06:08 PM
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Fever, lethargy, reduced apetite, weight loss
I live in the Sierra Foothills in California and my 17-year-old mare, Reno, has been gradually losing weight. She typically loses weight over the winter months, so I didn't pay too much attention to it, but she's gotten increasingly thinner. We have separated her from the other horses, and noticed she wasn't eating like she normally would. She took a few bites and turned away. We took her temp and found it to be 103.3. I called the vet right away who said that she probably had tick fever. He gave her bute and a prescription of doxycycline. Next day he called and said her blood tests did not confirm tick fever and so wanted to take a full chemical panel. The only thing that was somewhat elevated was her white count. He says that UC Davis is doing a study on a thing they're calling "Foothill Fever" and so he took blood to give to that study. I'm still waiting for those results. That was five days ago. I went out to take her temp again and found it ag 104.3! I gave her bute and am monitoring her, but am so worried. An hour later, her temp went down to 103. Am about to check it again. Does anyone out there have any experiences with this? A friend came over and gave her Ulc-R-Aid thinking it was a tummy problem, but that doesn't seem to be doing anything either. Any info would be very appreciated. Thank you.