04-22-2009, 12:00 AM
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He has no other symptoms, his eyes and nose are clear, he seems very bright and alert. He is acting totally normally. He is also vaccinated for strangles, and I do not see the respiratory symptoms of strangles. Although swollen lymph nodes is a sign of strangles, it is also a sign of any other infection in the body, so I am not worried about strangles.
He does not seem to strain or have difficulty when he urinates, and it seems to me like he empties his bladder completely. He just does it more than I would expect. I've checked his TPR, all normal. He appears hydrated. His urine is quite clear, indicating sufficient hydration.
I have a salt lick for him in his stall, he has been completely going to town on it. It's been there a week and it's almost half gone(50# block). Perhaps licking the salt makes him thirsty, hence making him urinate? Has anyone experienced this? It seems odd to me.
He eats orchard grass morning and night, with a scoop of alfalfa pellets with flax seed and some weight builder (he's underweight). I have never heard of these things causing excessive thirst or urination.
I'm really perplexed, especially since his behavior is normal and he seems to be feeling very good.