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    08-09-2010, 08:15 PM
Gut Sounds

Ugh, why is it always something with horses? The past week, I've been hearing rather loud gurgling noises coming from Puck's belly, closer to his hind end as far as I can tell. There not constant, but the sure are noticeable when they happen. He's not in any discomfort, eating and pooping fine. I'm just wondering why suddenly he's become audible. I wormed him with Fenbendazol (however that's spelled) on August 2. I added 2 oz a day of Cocasoya Oil to his diet around the same time. If he was carrying a worm load, wouldn't that have worked it's way out days ago? Also, I didn't think oil could cause stomach upset, but is that most likely the problem?

He is turned out 24/7, is fed hay, pasture and grain 2x daily. He drinks like a fish, so I doubt he's dehydrated. It has been hotter than hell lately and very humid. He had a similar issue last August which we thought was ulcers, but it really doesn't fit him. He's about the most laid back horse you could ever meet. I've heard loud gut sounds are better than no gut sounds, but with any stomach changes on a horse, that makes me nervous.
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    08-09-2010, 09:39 PM
I hear gut sounds on my old guy ALL the time. Always have. Actually, never gave it a thought, just figured they were just like we have. He has never *knockwood* had an issue, except possibly being overweight....
    08-09-2010, 09:50 PM
Gut sounds are completely normal.
    08-09-2010, 10:22 PM
Trust me, coming from what I went through with Nelson in January Hon, gut sounds are great! Lol.

I say, call your Vet and talk with them about what is going on, if you are concerned, then don't ignore that little voice in the back of your head, just in case. They know your horse better than we do, and you know your horse better than we do.
    08-09-2010, 10:23 PM
Its when you don't hear those "gut sounds" that you need to worry, if I think my horse may be a little off, I put my ear just if front of his flank on his belly and listen for those sounds.. if I hear them I don't worry as much, if I don't hear anything I keep a very close eye on him, no sounds could be a sign of collic.....
    08-09-2010, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by Goose    
Its when you don't hear those "gut sounds" that you need to worry, if I think my horse may be a little off, I put my ear just if front of his flank on his belly and listen for those sounds.. if I hear them I don't worry, if I don't I keep a very close eye on him, no sounds could be a sign of collic.....
The only reason I'm concerned is because they weren't there two weeks ago. They're so loud, if I put my ear to his belly, the sound would break my eardrum. Think I'll give it the standard 24 hours to go away and then check with the vet if he still seems loud. Thanks all.
    08-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Does your boy crib? My OTTB cribs, and now is on neigh-lox. Since starting it the almost constant gut sounds have lessened a lot! And we started a miracle coller a few days ago. Even less gut sounds. However, when he had them, nothing bad was happening. He was just a very gurgly boy.
    08-09-2010, 10:31 PM
No, he's not a cribber. He really is the most relaxed TB I've ever known. Nothing phases him...except llamas and cows.
    08-09-2010, 10:34 PM
Saratoga - have you had your boy scoped to make sure he does not have ulcers from the cribbing?
    08-10-2010, 07:32 AM
Saratoga-Also be careful with the collar-little known fact-if they stretch just right they will pass out. I had one scare the crap out of us a couple times-and get hurt. After all sorts of work ups.....(in MD) internist decided it was the collar.

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