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post #1 of 10 Old 11-25-2009, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Pigeon fever diagnosed today-totally depressed

Anyhow, here's the bad, horrible, awful, disastrous news. The POA gouged her shoulder this week. I scrubbed it down and realized with horror as the hair came off around it, that this was NOT a gouge. It looked like an abscess at the point of her shoulder. There was never any swelling that I noticed and I see these guys every single day. These horses have not gone anywhere since I moved them here at the end of August/beginning of September. I've kept the equi-spot fly stuff on them. But, yes, it was officially diagnosed today by the vet as pigeon fever, which is currently epidemic here in Humboldt County. The vet says there are over 50 confirmed cases in county right now, even out on remote ranches where horses haven't come or gone. She said the environmental conditions-late fall, drought conditions, create a perfect storm of a situation. Anyhow, I am absolutely bummed. I'm keeping her separate from the other two horses but they've been together throughout it bursting so I'm just going to watch them like a hawk. I'm flushing it with betadine. Anyone out there have any experience with this? I thought I was safe because I'd isolated my horses. So much for that.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-25-2009, 06:07 PM
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Oh im so sorry to hear this!
I really hope you can control it and the others dont get it.
Also all the best for your horse.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-25-2009, 06:37 PM
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I have no advice but I wish her a speedy recovery and that your others don't get it. Hugs.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-25-2009, 09:57 PM
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Sorry, I have no experience. I have my vet book, but there are many reliable resources on the net and your local vets. Might not hurt to get a couple different opinions on the best treatment.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-26-2009, 12:07 AM
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I have no advice either, never even heard of it, but I'm terribly sorry, and I'm wishing for a quick and pain-free recovery. =]

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-13-2009, 04:51 PM
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My three year old filly has developed a hard knot on her shoulder, the entire shoulder is hot and she's lame on that leg. She's been off her feed for a few days, too. We're considering the possibility of pigeon fever. The conditions have been perfect for it. A dry, dry summer followed by an unusually warm fall that kept the flies active almost through Thanksgiving. From my reading it seems like those are the perfect conditions for this nasty disease. It surely sucks and I definitely feel for you. I'm sick at the thought of this sweet-tempered filly having to suffer through something like this.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-13-2009, 08:31 PM
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I've only read about pigeon fever and I am so sorry to hear that you are having to deal with it! Seems like you caught it pretty fast so hopefully the Vet will get it under control and I Pray your other horses won't come down with it! You did all you could do and I would have thought my horses were protected, too. I hope the treatment goes well for your mare and I hope she recovers soon! Sending hugs.....
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-13-2009, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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So this weekend has been hellishly busy. Friday night was my daughter's birthday sleepover (sleep being a relative term), Saturday was a day-long prep for our 4-H entry in the lighted trucker's parade, and all today was dealing with goats, trimming feet, weighing babies, moving critters, etc. My husband fed horses yesterday since we were working on the float so I haven't had my own two eyes on the horses since Friday afternoon just before dark. Well, this afternoon, racing to feed before heading to the 4-H Christmas party, I was horrified to see the POA with her left eye swollen HUGE and shut, pus and exudate POURING out of it! I flipped. Could a horse have pigeon fever in its EYE?! Threw hay to the horses, ran back to the truck, grabbed paper towels and ran back to her. Her eye was a wreck. I grabbed her muzzle to get a closer look. Sticking out from under the swollen lid was a thin black stick. I was able to back her into a corner, sweet girl could have run me over if she wanted, and pulled out a three inch blackberry bramble. It felt like it grabbed as I pulled it out. EWWWWWWWWW! My first thought was to grab some opthalmic ointment but then I THINK I read somewhere that if the cornea is scratched this can be a bad thing to do? So I'm calling the vet first thing in the morning to come out tomorrow night and check her out. Any advice on what to do in the meantime? After I pulled out the stick her eye seemed immediately better; she actually opened it. I felt soooooooo badly for her...my husband wouldn't have even looked for something like this...she might have had it since Sat morning. Guilt, guilt, guilt!
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-14-2009, 09:34 AM
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you might wantt o look into this webiste..Vetericyn™ Wound Care | Microcyn-based formulations for both animals and humans they have testimonails on there about using this product on horses with pidgeon fever with great results! I bought this stuff about 2 months ago to use on my mares never ending scratches and it cleared up in two weeks and i was dealing with it since Aug. It will help the healing process the website will give you more details! I will now always have this stuff on hand!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-14-2009, 10:36 AM
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oh no! it seems like one thing after another for you! :( :( I don't what to say to help other than offer support. It is hard not to feel guilty I know, but hopefully things will go in a more positive direction now :(



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