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post #1 of 5 Old 12-01-2008, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Paritonitis? Tainted Feed?

My horse began to lose weight and colic three weeks ago. He was at the vet for over a week? The vet drew fluid from his stomach. It was definitely inflamed. After a week, he came home and has had three more colic experiences.

Tonight I heard that this could be caused by tainted feed - i.e. Bovatec in horse feed.

Has anyone heard of this? If so, any recommendations for treatment?

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-02-2008, 09:18 AM
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what feed are you feeding him and how much?? how much hay does he get?? is he drinking plenty of water?? when was he last dewormed??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Why do you think that Bovatec is the culprit in your case? Is your horse eatting a feed that is produced in a factory that also produces cattle feeds with Bovatec in them?

Peritonitis is not common in horses and when it is seen is usually caused by some sort of perferation of the GI tract (surgery, truama, bacterial infection, etc) which allows the contents of the GI tract to leak out.

Treatment for peritonitis is generally long-term antibiotics and supportive care (IV fluids, change in diet, anti-inflammatories, etc). If you are concerned that maybe the treatment being offered isn't appropriate/enough or that maybe there needs to be more done diagnostically, consider asking your vet to consult with a vet at one of the teaching hospitals or maybe have a second vet assess your horse.

To help your vet, you need to go back over everything that has occured in the last few weeks--changes in diet (including a new batch of feed or hay), water intake, changes in the quality of the water (newly treated well, change at the water treatment plant, etc), changes in the envirnment (temps, animals in the area, work going on in the area, etc). Make a list of changes and how they coincide with the appearance of symptoms in your horse and have that list available for your vet to look at. History is a very very important part of assessing health conditions.

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Thank you for the replies.

Buck is a pasture horse. The grass he is on is a mixture. He has been on this grass for many, many years. He has never foundered or had any problems.

I took him on a weeklong trail ride. He ate fresh cut hay (from the sister pasture on the same property he resides on). He did drink out of the river and streams while riding.

We feed him 1/2 can of oats mixed with 1/2 can Nutrena senior every day. Nothing about this changed.

I notice his weight loss after returning from the trail ride. Shortly after this, he began to colic. We called the vet. The vet gave him Banamine. He continued to colic for the next several hours. I loaded him up and took him to the vet. The vet contacted the Univ of Missouri. The felt that he may potentially have peritonitis. The vet pulled fluid from his stomach. It was infected. He was treated for 1 week with antibiotics and returned home. He has coliced twice since then.

We are still struggling to determine if it is peritonitis or if it something else. Each day is different - he's good then colic then good then colic.

Yesterday, an acquaintance mentioned that Nutrena had some feed tainted with Bovatec and that several local horses had coliced and passed. For a second last night, I was wondering if there was any relevence. However, none of my other horses were ill. I also spoke with my vet who felt there wasn't any relevence.

In the mean time, I am still struggling to know what his underlying issue is.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-02-2008, 06:27 PM
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What has his diet been since RETURNING from the clinic??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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