If you remember, recently I bought a dun filly. (you can see her in this thread My girls.....it's been a while.
) What I know:
-She is almost 6 months old. Weaned about a month ago when the seller sold her mother.
-When I brought her home, she was wormed, then wormed again appx 2 weeks later.
-She had gotten tangled with some barb wire when little and cut up her back leg some and its almost healed.
-The day before I got her, as they were bringing her home from pasture she hit her fetlock and it's been swollen.
-She is kept in a pen by herself but in sight and hearing of my other horses.
Four days ago, she showed signs of edema (not a hernia) around her navel area.
She also has lost some weight despite having access to hay 24/7 and grass turnout during the day. So today:
-We take her down to the vet. He does a check up of the filly. Checks the navel area and can't explain the edema. A hernia was ruled out.
-They did a fecal. Thinking she still had parasites due to her coat and edema. It came back clean. No worms/parasites.
-They did xrays of her front leg that had some swelling. Thankfully nothing out of the ordinary. Xrays looked fine.
So basically the vet gave her a clean bill of health. Said to grain her to help maintain her weight.
First, Does any of this seem like it's a symptom of something else? (The edema and weight loss) I am going to call back and ask the vet myself tomorrow. I'm wondering if I should ask them to run a blood panel? Maybe it's symptoms of tentus?? West Nile?? I don't know. I just can't believe a healthy foal would have edema and weight loss.
Second, I have tried to get her to eat grain. She won't touch it. I have tried plain oats, 2 different brands of sweet feed, alfalfa pellets and suppliments. I have tried getting her to eat them without success. I have put her around other horses to show that they are eating and nothing. I have tried layering hay with grain. Still no go. Any ideas at all? I'm at a loss. I've never had a foal turn away from grain before.
I will take a picture of her here in a bit and post it.