My long night and a good reminder of why it's important to have more than one vet.

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        03-19-2013, 04:20 PM
    My long night and a good reminder of why it's important to have more than one vet.

    Last night was a long one here. Just woke up after getting a few hours of sleep. Went out to do evening chores last night and Missy came up with the gang and was completely drenched. First thought was she rolled in the standing water in the pasture. Upon closer inspection saw that she was having intense muscle tremors all over. Then thought, okay she got wet and it's windy, she's cold. Nope, was very hot. Maybe she's having a dumbblood day and worked herself into a lather romping with the youngsters? Nope. Temp was elevated 101.5, decent guttural sounds minus one quieter spot but did still hear a bit of gas, cap refill time a bit slow, heart rate was 54. The heart rate was the big oh ish moment. Of course in those moments one's worst case horse brain takes over. Tying up, does she have PSSM, on and on.

    Called my regular vet (of 20 years) and it would figure that she is on vacation. Called second vet, already on an emergency foaling call. Called the 'country vet' that I've known since I was a kid and his new partner took the call. She was awesome. Threw on her shoes and coat while she was talking to me and was driving towards my house before we were off the phone. Made it in less than 20 minutes from 35 miles away, that was enough to make me like her already.

    The quieter spot in her gut was the issue. She had a large impaction. Tubed twice, slight sedative to ease the tremors so she could relax enough to hopefully pass it, removed a lot via rectal exam. All started about 6:30 pm, vet out 7, then again at 1 am to tube her again. Was prepared to head to the university for surgery but finally around 4 she passed a large amount while we were walking (bet I walked 20 miles in the arena over night) I breathed a huge sigh of relief, syringed electrolytes, got her drinking a bit more and she passed one more decent amount of hard poo. Waited it out until she passed a much more normal bm that was soft and covered in oil. The sweats and tremors are her way of dealing with pain. Freaked me out. I hope I never see her do that again.

    She's back to her normal gentle giant self now, still going to monitor closely as we couldn't come up with any feasible reason for it to have happened. There was a drastic weather change and have had the rare occurence with one that did that in the past but I dislike that answer because now I'm going to be paranoid every time the weather flips, living in a bi-polar weather state it's a bit disconcerting.

    Moral of the story - keep in good standing with your vet, even better to keep in good standing with several because you never know when you'll need them to save one of your babies.

    Slobbery loves from Missy Moo for reading!
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        03-19-2013, 04:24 PM
    Glad it turned out ok!

    Always good advice. I have 3 numbers on my fridge just in case.
        03-19-2013, 04:29 PM
    Phew!! Glad to hear she's better.

    Knocking on wood, throwing salt over my shoulder, looking for a rabbits foot it's been over 15 yrs since I've had to deal with colic. On the bright side, you have your workout for the month :)
        03-19-2013, 04:30 PM
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    I'm so glad she's ok!! Gooo Missy! And go you for seeing the signs and getting her help fast! :)
        03-19-2013, 04:43 PM
    Glad she is okay.
    I had a case of colic with a horse that never colicked in 22 years I had him. Winter, too, not too cold. Same thing, impaction.
    Nobody could figure why, nothing had changed, not feed, not routine, not even different hay or straw.
    The dentist, who has no clue other than being an exceptional dentist, had the right idea. He hadn't been drinking enough, water too cold. Since then in winter ALL my horses are being offered tepid water at least twice a day.
    Im mentioning it because it could be an easy( and cheap) solution, or better, prevention

    I guess this vet is a keeper
        03-19-2013, 04:53 PM
    Green Broke
    I too live in a bi-polar weather state and my gelding has now coliced twice from weather changes.

    The one thing I did find out (accidentally because he was losing weight) is that if I give him some alfalfa he will drink twice as much as otherwise. So now every time the weather changes suddenly, he gets a 1/2 flake of alfalfa 3x a day along with his regular hay/feed. He hasn't coliced again since I started that.

    Glad she's doing better! Colic is scary.
        03-19-2013, 04:54 PM
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    You are sooo lucky for having more than one vet to even choose from.
        03-19-2013, 05:04 PM
    Super Moderator
    So glad it ended well. I could feel your panic as I read it though.
    Flo choked a year ago and waiting for our vet to arrive seemed like the longest time ever
    Hugs to Missy
        03-19-2013, 05:09 PM
    Thanks guys and good ideas. They are already getting some alfalfa, not a lot but more than normal years - with the drought the alfalfa did better. It's prob 30% alfalfa, the rest tim/orchard. The drinking could be it, we talked about that but no way to tell because she's out with a group and a large tank that was down as much as normal. I have an on demand water heater in my washrack, think I'll start taking a couple buckets of lukewarm out to them at meal times. It would be great if that was the answer, that's an easy fix!
        03-19-2013, 05:16 PM
    Originally Posted by Lockwood    
    You are sooo lucky for having more than one vet to even choose from.
    Most definitely! I can't imagine not having that option and feel for folks that don't.
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