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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Proteomic?

Well, we believe Nelson has been infected with the Proteomic Equine Infection.

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.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 01:33 PM
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Poor Nelson!

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 03:35 PM
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Do you mean Potomac??
Make sure you are feeling for pulses!!!! I am glad your vet got him on Banamine to prevent laminitis, but you reeeeally need to watch carefully and I would even recommend cold hosing his legs to prevent anything from happening.
Because it sounds like you caught it early, and he is on Banamine the risk of laminitis is fairly low, but that doesn't mean there is no risk.

Good luck and I hope Nelson has a full recovery!
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Ah, thanks Anabel! I thought I was spelling it incorrectly, thanks for the correction! Potomac.

Yeah, he was stocked up this morning, but he usually always is when he is kept in his stall over night - which is why I always want him on 24/7 turn out. He does so much better out in pasture instead of being left in a stall.

But because he has to be in on stall rest, with little turn out *he gets walked a few times a day* he is yet again, stocking up.

My vet felt his legs and hooves last nght and today when he came out to give him his other doses of antibiodics, and no sign of laminitus as of yet - he thinks we caught it early, but lets knock on wood for that one. Unexpecteds happen all the time with Nelson and I, I wouldn't be surprised.

His heart rate was normal this morning and his temp was back to normal as well. So - we'll see.

The vet will be out again tomorrow for his last doses of the antibiodics. Also a stool sample and blood sample has been or will be sent into the lab for testing to find out exactly what it is that he contracted.

Thanks for the 411 on laminitus, I appreciate it! I'll be cold hosing him tonight when I get out to the barn, and I'll definately be putting wrapping him with his standing wraps.

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Poor Nelson! I've got my fingers crossed for you
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Well done for catching it early! That was the same with Oscar! He got a very severe case of colic and it was nearly fatal but luckily i took him in from the field that day because i was meant to have been grounded! If I hadnt gone out Oscar would be dead right now!
Fingers crossed Nelson makes a full recovery!

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Prayers going up for Nelson!! and Mom too

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post #9 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 09:49 PM
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Poor Nelson! I'm glad you caught it quickly!! I hope he gets better very soon!

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Thanks everyone. I'm pretty much stressing every minute of the day. All I can think about is Nelson and this ******ed infection.

I just got back from the barn. I took his temp and it is at 98.7 and no heat at all in his legs nor hooves nor any swelling.

So here's hoping.

Tomorrow will be his last day of dosages for the anitbiodics - I hope I get only good news from the vet when he calls me after he assesses him. I pray that he says that he is A OK and can be turned out.

Lord knows that Nelson really wants to get out. Everytime I open the stall, he tries to barge through. Whenever I bring him out with his halter and lead on, he continues to try to get out the barn to the pasture.

Poor fellow.

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