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post #11 of 17 Old 04-21-2011, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by travelinscout View Post
As far as giving her some Pepto, does anyone know how much she should get?
Unless the vet suggested you give it to her - please don't. I would go with a probiotic instead. Readjust the flora in her gut instead of giving her a drug.

Foals can react quickly and violently to drugs.

It would be a good idea to learn the normal vital signs for a foal and get a base for what is normal for yours.

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I did tell him that I was going to give her Pepto and he said that was fine, I just forgot to ask him how much..
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-21-2011, 12:58 PM
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Pepto never worked for my filly. A vet actually suggested using Kaopectate with a little bit of pepper (not sure what the pepper was for?) It worked really well. I think it was 10 to 20 cc's... They suggest twice daily until it stops, but we only did it once & it worked fine.

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So, should I give her probiotics or Pepto? The lady at the feed store said the probiotics are better.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-21-2011, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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I have the tube of probiotics, does 10 gm sound right?? That's what is says on the tube if I would have given it too her right after she was born.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-21-2011, 09:22 PM
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Watch for dehydration and for a temperature. Anything over 102 should be treated with antibiotics. We prefer Gentocin for foals.

Pinch the skin on her neck and if it stays puckered up, she is dehydrated and needs fluids / electrolytes.

A probiotic will help establish a good population of good bacteria in a foal's gut. Nature's probiotic is fresh poop from a mature, fat, healthy horse that has no parasites. The worst thing you can do is clean a stall or pen so good that there is none available for a foal to eat. You can use Probios or another commercial probiotic, but fresh poop is better.

I have raised foals for about 45 years now, and I have treated a lot of really sick foals and have never seen permanent scarring. They can get a blistered butt and the hair will grow in a different color at first, but by the end of the summer, you could not tell it from the rest of the hair.
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-21-2011, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I gave her 10 gms of the probiotic and she is doing well so far. As far as the poop eating, I try to keep the stalls clean but with the amount of food mom is eating there is always some for her to munch on if she wants.
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