Last night, I headed out to the barn to blanket Nelson since it has been quite cold here as of late, and raining - and temps getting to 30 at night.
I got to the barn, said my hello's to people as we pass by, and got to Boo's stall. I looked at him, and instantly felt that something was wrong.
I opened up the stall door to say hi, and haltered him and brought him out into the isle way.
The moment I touched him, he was quite warm. His eyes were glazed and was not that responsive to me being there *as usual he is perky and talking*
I checked his gums. They were white. I did a skin test, it was normal. I temped him - not good. It was 103.7. I listened to his belly, there were normal gurlging sounds. I looked in his stall for poop - there was none. I checked his stall for urine, thankfully there was that.
I noticed his grain bucket was full. He never touched his feed. Very off. So I instantly ran and got the BO and she came and looked him over, we temped him again, this time it was 101.7.
I called my vet and he said to give him Banamine asap - so I did. I gave him a full 10cc dose. Within 15 minutes, he started to act perky again. Pacing in his stall. Pooping. Talking, and wanting to eat.
So my vet got out there and did a full body exam. Heart rate was abnormal. Temp was still quite high. Skin test was good, gums started to get color.
He drew blood and explained that he believes it is the Proteomic Equine Infection. I said "but he got vaccinated" and he said that doesn't matter.
The vaccination does not prevent Proteomic, it just minimizes it when and if your horse contracts it. If he didn't get his Proteomic, the results are not good, if you know what I mean.
So thankfully we caught it right away. Nelson got 3 large seringes full of an antibiodic, and is on the same dosage for 3 days *today is his second*
He is on stall rest, normal feed & water. But he is getting 3cc's of Banamine 3x a day, plus his antibiodics. We are keeping a close eye for lamanitus *that is a result of the infection* and on his stool *extreme diarreah is a result of the infection*
So - here's hoping.
Today his temp was back to normal 98.3 and his eyes are bright again and he is acting like his normal self. He is being walked 4x a day, and I had to get standing wraps on him to prevent stocking up.
I am blessed that we are in a very educated and very capeable equestrian facility where the barn aids are taking care of him while I am at work all day. I keep getting phone calls to give me updates on him, I wont beable to go out to see him until the evening *I get out at 5:00pm*
My vet is sending a stool sample and blood work in to be tested to see exactly what it is that Nelson has contracted.