Older mare with runny stools.
So-not my horse-BO asked me to post this thinking maybe some of you would have some ideas......
THere is a 27 yr old boarder at our barn. Sweet, very arthritic 27 yo QHx mare. SHe currently gets a scoop of Senior feed 2x/day and the only supplement she gets is Cortaflex, and an occasional Bute if she is particularly stiff that day. SHe gets basically all the hay she can eat. Blanketed, out 12hr/day, in the other 12 in a stall.
Anyway-week before last she started with loose stools. Not diarrhea, per se, but like a cow pie. WE have no real grass-it is winter and frozen, so not like she is getting lots of wet grass. She DOES founder on grass, and once it starts coming in, she gets a muzzle when out and has been fine for years. Teeth were done last spring, so could be possible, I guess, wormed in November with a power pack, I believe, and the rest of the year she(and everyone else) gets fecals eery 3 months. Only things different around that time are that we opened a new bottle of Cortaflex, and her owners other horse, just a little older than she, was put down for Cushings, and old age. SHe knew him, we are sure, but was not out with him regularly, nor is her stall next to where he was. THey were horses of the same family at the same barn for YEARS. (like over 15....)
We are really not sure how to proceed. BO was away last week, so we were in a bit o a holding pattern. Owners are aware, so it is really their call. Our (BO and myself) feeling is that we do a fecal and call the vet if that is negative.
Any other ideas? I really don't think the owners will do much. THey probably will get the vet if told to do so.
WE are not seeing huge weight loss (yet) or dehydration, but obviously we want to avoid that!
THoughts? Any ideas? THanks!
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Last edited by franknbeans; 02-26-2012 at 10:07 PM.