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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
The vet just left. He was here very promptly and I'm relieved.
He's amazed that she even survived the night. Because of her symptoms he believes that she might have Equine Herpes Virus type II, because of her muscular weakness, nasal discharge, wheezing, lack of appetite, and inability to stand. She is also chronically dehydrated which he thinks is causing the black feces. Rhino virus is probably the worst possible thing for her to have right now...it can be fatal to even a healthy animal. He isnt sure though so he sent off a tissue sample to the lab and will let me know this evening. If she does have EHV, he said the best we can do is keep her comfortable and pray for a miracle. He gave her a muscle relaxant, some anti-inflamitories, and steroids but if that is what she has...it doesnt look good. We're supposed to call him if her fever gets higher or if she starts spasming or is having a harder time breathing. He ran an IV for her though and we're furiously pumping electrolytes into her praying for a miracle. The fact that she can still stand is good, but her weakness is making it very hard for her. I have her propped on some hay bales right now.
If she does have ERV we'll be on immediate lock down on our farm and the state will have to be notified. Pray that this isnt what she has...the poor baby. If it is that though, the vet says that the next 72 hours will tell us if she will survive or not. If she gets worse though, we'll put her down. No horse deserves this.
And to think that a simple vaccine could have easily prevented the pain she's going through. And some food. How hard is it to just FEED a freaking baby?
He thinks that the rescue actually made it worse though by giving her the feed that they were. It seems to have caused a lot of damage. He flushed her out and she's only on alfalfa pellets for today, soaked- and hay tomorrow if she makes it. He's not sure how well her digestive tract is even working, considering the state of her feces and urine.
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