01-06-2012, 06:37 PM
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I'm glad you called the vet immediately. This could be very serious & I'd be treating it as an emergency. I would also start looking for a good hoofcare practitioner experienced with rehabbing laminitis.
I am presuming the chicken feed is mainly grain? How many bottles of liquid parafin did you give him & has it had any effect yet? I'd also be inclined to drench him with Epsom Salts dissolved in water. I think the main risk is from major hind gut acidosis, which is likely to be pretty severe after eating that much grain, and the magnesium will help as a buffer against the acid. It is the acid & resulting toxins from the dead gut flora that leak through the gut into the bloodstream that is thought to cause acute laminitis. Considering that, I'd also start him on a probiotic asap.
Keep us posted?