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    05-07-2011, 04:44 PM
  #1
Foal
My horse drank septic water!

About half an hour ago I looked out the window into our back yard to find my horse drinking septic water

You see, a couple weeks ago we had to dig a hold in our yard to find our septic tank so it could be pumped out (*vomit*) and ever since then liquid has been coming up in that hole...

I thought a horse would since it's bad for her and NOT drink it, but she did, I immediately put her in her corral, dumped her tank and gave her fresh water (both in the corral and in her pasture waterier)

She has been d-wormed but she has NOT been vaccinated this year...what should I do? I can call the vet Monday at the earliest, but what should I do until then? Should I make sure she gets lots of water? Or what? I'm making sure she isn't getting anywhere near it now. We would have blocked it off from her, but we had nothing to use, if we put a tarp over it we would have risked her stepping on the tarp and tripping and freaking out...please let me know soon, i'm really worried.

She seems to be acting fine, she is on the pasture right now eating.
     
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    05-07-2011, 04:51 PM
  #2
Foal
Well, if she freely made the choice to drink it, then she may feel like she's lacking a nutrient. When lacking a certain nutrient, funny cravings may occur. I may have that checked out but if she's acting fine, I would refrain from putting so much energy into worrying about her. It will pass through her system, I don't think any vaccine would help her in this case. (I disagree with vaccines to begin with).



Dogs sometimes eat horse & cat poop. Heck, sometimes they even eat there own. I've seen horses also eat there own poop.

Hope this helps.
     
    05-07-2011, 05:13 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by YoungCowgirl    
Well, if she freely made the choice to drink it, then she may feel like she's lacking a nutrient. When lacking a certain nutrient, funny cravings may occur. I may have that checked out but if she's acting fine, I would refrain from putting so much energy into worrying about her. It will pass through her system, I don't think any vaccine would help her in this case. (I disagree with vaccines to begin with).



Dogs sometimes eat horse & cat poop. Heck, sometimes they even eat there own. I've seen horses also eat there own poop.

Hope this helps.
She didn't drink that much, so hopefully she will be okay, but I had to drag her away from it
     
    05-08-2011, 12:03 AM
  #4
Started
You have an open septic system in your yard, it is oozing poop and pee and has been doing this for two weeks???? And your parents are doing nothing to close the hole? Seems a little unhealthy for parents to leave an open oozing septic tank hole, I imagine your neighbors love the smell also.
Come on, are you sure this is not just another story you are making up Site4pets to see what you can stir up?
Of course it will make her sick, it would make you sick if you drank it.
     
    05-08-2011, 12:16 AM
  #5
Yearling
We had the same thing happen but with our geese/ducks. I was not home the day the septic was pumped out. Well naturally my stupid birds went swimming in the crud and had a party while everyone else thought it was funny. (ummm NOT) Luckily they showed no illnesses from the fiasco and the hole was covered back up quickly.

I would be very concerned if RID-X or other chemicals have been added recently to the tank. I would go ahead and call the vet ASAP and ask for his opinion either way.
     
    05-08-2011, 12:21 AM
  #6
Yearling
Then again...This is a hard glass to swallow.

Its hard to believe that a horse (as smart as they are) will drink something that toxic. The smell alone would have sent mine running for the hills...
     
    05-08-2011, 12:24 AM
  #7
Started
Yes and site4pets tends to tell pretty big whoppers to get things stirred up.

I can't believe that a city/town would allow open septic waste for over two weeks, doesn't seem real plausable story to me.I can't believe that parents would allow human waste to be bubbling out a hole for two weeks.
     
    05-08-2011, 12:29 AM
  #8
Yearling
In my area, its not that uncommon to see that actually . Its mainly farmland around here, therefore the city may never know about it unless reported.
     
    05-08-2011, 01:19 AM
  #9
Started
Talking

Yea, but site4pets is from Colorado... I am betting this is another story, she will say she will call the vet and the vet won't come out, but on the phone will talk and the horse will be just fine.
Been there done that so many stories, her folks must have let her have some computer time again.
     
    05-08-2011, 01:41 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Why is your horse anywhere near it to begin with? A horse tromping around on the leach field will destroy it and that's going to cause serious issues with the septic system.

I've never heard of leaving a septic system uncovered, I just bought a property with a septic system and had it pumped this week. Two concrete covers, they were removed, tank was pumped, they went right back on and the couple inches of dirt was shoveled right back over them. Smell wasn't all so bad and absolutely no oozing liquid.
     

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