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    04-25-2011, 09:56 PM
  #11
Banned
Good luck and let us know.
     
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    04-26-2011, 08:23 AM
  #12
Banned
What did the vet say?
     
    04-26-2011, 09:16 AM
  #13
Weanling
Well the vet said that if it's laminitis it's a very mild case, she isn't quite displaying a laminitic gait. He also suspected stomach problems caused by rich grass. He tried a muscle relaxant in case it was stomach spasms causing her to act sluggish, but she didn't really change much. Her appetite is coming back. He's taken a blood sample for analysis and will call within 24 hours with the results. He's also given me some danilon to put in her feed. She's perking up slightly, so hopefully she'll be ok. I'll post up when I know the blood results.
     
    04-26-2011, 02:44 PM
  #14
Trained
What is suggested around here is to go buy some 4-6" thick styrofoam (usually for insulation) and cut it to the shape of their feet and then duct tape it on. Replace it every 12 to 24 hours. We also will usually give the horse an anti inflamatory to reduce swelling (usually 1g of bute twice a day) and cold hose as much as possible, or leave ice packs on the feet and change them out.

Good luck!
     
    05-03-2011, 01:24 PM
  #15
Weanling
How's your mare? Did you get the blood results?
     
    05-03-2011, 01:33 PM
  #16
Weanling
She's doing better, thank you. I forgot to update this thread! My vet called back and her blood test showed that she's anaemic. Her red blood cell count was way down and she wasn't able to produce much haemoglobin. That was pretty much draining her energy and making her really drowsy. I kept her in her stable with a small run for about a week and have been giving her a vitamin and iron tonic to help, she'll need to take the tonic with her feed for a month or two and then i'll arrange a follow-up blood test to check that her blood cell count is back up to normal. Other than that the vet said she was pretty ok. Having turned her back out and with her on the iron tonic she seems to be picking up well, so I took her out for a gentle hack on monday and she behaved normally, so we'll see how it goes.
I'm pretty relived, I was worried it was laminitis or foot trouble. My farrier is due in an hour or so, so he'll give her a quick foot check, but i'm pretty certain laminitis isn't the problem now. My vet did say it was a good guess though! Haha.
     
    05-03-2011, 01:47 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'm glad she's good :)
Do you know why did she became anaemic? What did cause it?
     
    05-03-2011, 01:52 PM
  #18
Banned
Glad she is doing better.
     
    05-03-2011, 02:52 PM
  #19
Weanling
Thank you both. Farrier has just left, feet are fine. To be honest, I'm not really sure what exactly caused her to become anaemic. My vet didn't really offer much explanation as to what caused it. Reading up, I found the following quote:

"Causes of anaemia in a horse or pony include a shortage of red blood cells or haemoglobin through haemorrhage (bleeding), infection, weakness in the immune system, redworms, bots, liver or kidney damage, tumours, poor diet (a diet lacking iron or B12 causing a deficiency) or diseases such as equine infectious anaemia."

I can discount redworms and bots pretty safely. She's wormed regularly and my vet confirmed that our wormer protects against redworm. Also she is on a vet recommended diet because she was overweight, so he also confirmed her diet is appropriate. She has had a lot of vet attention in the last 6 months, and I think they would probably have detected haemorrhages, tumors, and kidney or lung damage.

While i'm not 100% I would probably guess an infection, because it seemed to be quite sudden, especially her mucus membranes changing colour. I'll definitely ask my vet when I pick some iron tonic and schedule her follow-up
     

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