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post #1 of 29 Old 11-09-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Mare with UTI/ yeast infection?

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A friend of mine has a 12yr old OTTB, who has a problem with reoccurring UTIs. Shes had the vet out, this will be the third time. he gives her the antibiotics, and calls it a day. We were wondering if there was anything holistic or just supplementary to prevent/sooth her issues? Vet says bute does nothing for UTI pain (i'll believe him), we were thinking garlic, werent sure if horses could eat cranberry, (or just the juice, or tabs). i'm really just at a loss and dont want the poor baby to be so uncomfortable, and her poor owner is out of ideas.
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post #2 of 29 Old 11-09-2012, 03:09 PM
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I dont have an answer for your question, but I just wanted to say I feel incredibly sorry for this mare (from a woman's point of view)
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i know :( shes so grumpy, and we when we put her out she just kind of ambles around. not a happy horsie at all.
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I have no idea, but from personal experience, UTIs are the absolute worse. If they don't get treated, they will turn into an infected bladder, and then blood infection. It can damage the kidneys as well. Maybe ask a few different vets, I'm sure there's a solution.
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we've heard yogurt applied directly to the vagina would work, but i don't see how that could help? what about immunity boosters?
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If you google "treating UTI with yogurt" you'll find more on it. I think it's more meant to be eaten though.
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so, back to can horses eat cranberry? or yogurt?
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Is there a gelding possibly 'cleaning his sheath' in her.
Does her vulva gape open?
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Perhaps she would benefit from a Caslick's procedure?
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She doesnt have access to any geldings, shes stalled between two mares, and turned out with mine and two other mares, and we havent had any break outs since the hurricane.

she does seem to have had an injury, the top of her vulva is crooked and a little misshapen, as if shes been kicked there or something, but its a very old injury. so she may benefit from that procedure, i'll see if i cant get a picture of it tonight for your consideration.

we're starting her on a garlic regiment, and possibly onion powder too. we're going to try the yogurt once a day for a week, the plain probiotic kind. we're still debating on cranberry tabs. i heard vitamin c helps a lot for people, does anybody know its effects on horses?
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