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        12-24-2012, 11:01 AM
      #41
    Trained
    Good job! I was very very worried.
    I guess she caught a cold, just as I thought. And hard, nearly black poop...similar to meconium? She must not have been eating at all before she came back to you, I guess....
    That littlun is a fighter! She obviously was slightly colicky last night, just too exhausted to show typical signs. Poor thing. Great job, Endiku
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        12-24-2012, 11:31 AM
      #42
    Yearling
    Id bet dollars to doughnuts she's dehydrated. I hope the vet can come ASAP. Im worried.
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        12-24-2012, 11:35 AM
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    I am very glad she's still fighting for you. Hopefully with a little more help she can keep it up and get on the road to recovery, after a rough night like that I think nothing is certain. I was very worried about what I was going to read here this morning. The darkness could be blood from ulcers, from all the damage from the worms, from colic, or it could just be from it being in there for so long, but hardness is usually dehydration. The more fluids she takes in, the better. Maybe she likes gatorade, koolaide or apple juice flavors? They're a bit cheaper than pedialyte, and commonly given to horses that travel and might not want to drink.
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        12-24-2012, 11:57 AM
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    I am very glad she's still fighting for you. Hopefully with a little more help she can keep it up and get on the road to recovery, after a rough night like that I think nothing is certain. I was very worried about what I was going to read here this morning. The darkness could be blood from ulcers, from all the damage from the worms, from colic, or it could just be from it being in there for so long, but hardness is usually dehydration. The more fluids she takes in, the better. Maybe she likes gatorade, koolaide or apple juice flavors? They're a bit cheaper than pedialyte, and commonly given to horses that travel and might not want to drink.
    I agree about ulcers....dark/black stools is often old blood and the rock hard stool could be dehydration making her constipated...not good combos with horses. I hope the vet comes soon and gets this little one moving in the right direction. So glad she has you during this tough time.
         
        12-24-2012, 11:57 AM
      #45
    Green Broke
    So glad to hear she made it through the night. Can't wait to hear what the vet has to say.
         
        12-24-2012, 12:04 PM
      #46
    Teen Forum Moderator
    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.
         
        12-24-2012, 12:09 PM
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    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.
    Poor, poor baby. Sounds like a great vet and he knows what he is talking about. I will be thinking of you guys and all the efforts you are making to save this baby.
         
        12-24-2012, 12:15 PM
      #48
    Green Broke
    Me too. Thanks for the update.
         
        12-24-2012, 12:33 PM
      #49
    Yearling
    Uggh, so sorry to hear she will have such a battle ahead of her. Will definitely be thinking the best possible thoughts for all of you.

    And, good for you for being so insistent on keeping her quarantined.
         
        12-24-2012, 04:53 PM
      #50
    Green Broke
    Endi - glad she took fluids from the bottle. I hope she pulls through, she sounds like she is really trying to fight this. Keep up with the bottle and fluids, since she may have more internal problems I would stay with the pedialyte over gator aide, maybe add some karo syrup for better flavor and I would even try milk replacer for some extra nutrition and fluids. You could even try some soaked A+M to make a mashy slurpy mess along with the soaked hay pellets. But ask the Vet first . I hope she is on antibiotics, Keep us posted.
         

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