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    10-04-2011, 06:35 PM
  #1
Foal
Possible UTI?

A little mare we ride possibly has a UTI. She has been peeing pretty often. Its not bloody in appearance, but she is stopping to pee small amounts frequently. I was a vet tech for 10 years and have limited experience in horses, but am very comfortable giving injections if given the proper location and route. What should I give her. I know I can get penicillin injectable at the feed store or is there a preferred treatment? Funds are limited. I can't see paying a vet top dollar to come out and recommend a course of antibiotics that are three times overpriced. Thanks for the help.
     
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    10-04-2011, 10:31 PM
  #2
Banned
You're a vet tech, yet you think you can self-diagnose something without knowing the cause, or having a bacterial culture, or whatever, and without having a firm understanding of equine physiology and medicine, and then want to self-medicate with potent drugs based off of random advice from strangers on a horse forum? Why does this not sound like a good idea?

It could be so many different things, and a urinary tract infection would be pretty low on my list of suspects. I'd be thinking about hormonal problems before much of anything else, or even serious kidney damage....but the only way to find out for sure is to pick up the phone and call the vet.
     
    10-04-2011, 10:34 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'd be checking to see if she's cycling. Some mares exhibit that type of behavior when they are in heat.
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    10-05-2011, 12:43 AM
  #4
Started
I am curious, is this your horse?
Knowing you were a vet tech for almost ten years, I am amazed that you think so highly of yourself that you would diagnose a problem and give antibiotics without knowing WHAT is going on or ask on a public forum for a diagnosis and treatment.
I am a vet tech, have been working with vets for over 30 years but would certainly not just decide to go down to the store and get some injectable antibiotics and start giving them without talking to the vet. How do you know the mare is not allergic to whatever medication YOU decide to give her? Have you given shots to a horse before? Not the same as a small animal.
If she has an infection, then what kind? Bladder? Kidney? A simple heat cycle? A major infection?
You need to quit playing doctor and get a vet out to see what exactly is going on before you decide to treat something you know nothing about.
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    10-05-2011, 11:10 AM
  #5
Foal
Well, thanks everyone for your "help". I did remember that she was just in heat a few weeks ago and perhaps this is her "ovulation" period where she might be marking, but Im not sure. I asked because I do NOT know what is best for her. This is sort of a rescue situation, where the family is having some very bad times and needs help. I, also, have all of $20 a month to contribute and we are doing the best we can. If she doesnt improve or gets worse, we will call the vet. She is eating and drinking well, seems in good spirits, just pees frequently. Like I said in my original post, I have LIMITED experience and am trying to learn by reading and researching as much as I can. With dogs and cats, some things are easy to do on your own. Such as my heartworm prevention costs me pennies per month if I use a VET recommended doseage of ivermectin. There are tricks and tips EXPERIENCED people can offer to help those trying to help an animal without spending money not everyone has. I will of course, spend my rent money if I have to, but I figured it was worth ASKING before spending $300 to get $15 dollars worth of medicine I could have done if helped by other experienced animal loving people, but oh well, I wish I could delete this post. We will continue our horse journey on our own doing the best we can, learning along the way.
     
    10-05-2011, 03:25 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Maybe it's just me but it drives me crazy when "Doing the best we can" is expected to be met with nods of approval. Maybe so in situations where you're trying to save a life but if the 'best we can' is inadequate from the start it is far from the best & is a poor excuse.

This may not be the case in the OP's situation where she is wondering about her mare's urination pattern but just a generalized opinion of mine.
     
    10-06-2011, 01:03 AM
  #7
Started
So you give Ivermectin for heartworm? Your vet gave a dosage to use. Big deal, alot of folks do that. But I bet you did not just wake up one day and say" I will use Ivermectin for heartworm preventative for my dog" and give some to your dog. You talked to your vet and got an opinon and use it to save money.
This is no way the same as asking for a diagnosis on a public forum and then asking what antibiotic to give this horse without knowing what, if anything is wrong.
You can get mad at everyone all you want, but you came here asking for someone, anyone, to agree that just giving some antibiotic bought at the local feed store for a horse that is urinating alot is an okay thing to do and that we should all feel its okay because the owners don't have alot of money to take proper care of the horse. These days not many people have money just laying around to spend on animals, but if you own them, then you take care of them the proper way. Do you diagnose medical issues just because you have had some training on others pets also? Do you treat them? I hope you know that medicating another persons animals is against the law, that is practicing veterinary medicine without a license. If you do that and the animal gets sick or dies, the owners can sue you and you can go to jail.
You are not a vet, quit diagnosing illnesses and medicating animals.
     
    10-06-2011, 02:06 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I'm not going to tell you anything if what I think it is, but wish you luck and hope it is something that healsnitsekfnand goes away, and you don't have to consult a vet.

I just got over having peolple not really help me thinking they where in a thread. So I know you don't need me to say something like what others have been saying, though maybe just out of concern for your mare.

Good luck :)
     
    10-06-2011, 03:58 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Frequent urination does not automatically mean a UTI. Do not start giving her any medication with out consulting a professional. She could just be in heat.
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