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post #1 of 5 Old 02-28-2007, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Sick horse question

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the board and was wondering if anyone has had any experience with these sort of symptoms:
My friend recently bought a TB gelding straight from the racetrack. He's coming 7 and was very alert (maybe a bit more polite than your average racehorse, but well within normal ranges).

We traveled 9 hours home, and he arrived in great shape, happy and alert. He ate heartily and drank plenty of water. The next morning he was the same, happy and hungry (still much better behaved than your average straight off the track horse, just ask my new mare!!)

The next morning he wouldn't eat and seemed a bit lethargic. We had the vet out and she said it was likely an upper respiratory infection based on the travel stress (though he had no nasal discharge, no fever, no cough, and good lung sounds).

Later that day he began to look worse, still very lethargic and not eating, so we called the vet back out. This time she suggested either Salmonella or Right Dorsal Colitis. He still had good gut sounds, normal manure albeit a bit less than expected.
That night he stayed the same, so we took him to the hospital this morning.

He's there now. He was dehydrated and is on supportive therapy but hasn't improved. Still relatively normal manure output, eating a little, drinking some but very lethargic. Vet is still suggesting either salmonella (confused me because of the lack of fever and diarrhea) or right dorsal colitis, but they just don't know.

Guess the question is, has any one had any experience with anything like this? Have you experienced salmonella that fit these criterion?

He is being treated for both salmonella and right dorsal colitis because the vet says the test for salmonella is not reliable, so we should just treat him for both and hope for the best...

Keep fingers crossed for this guy, he really seems like a fantastic horse and we're fighting for him, just don't seem to be gaining ground.
Thanks for any help/suggestions/experiences anyone can provide.
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-28-2007, 09:46 PM
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Has the vet even checked for ulcers? OTTB are so prone to ulcers, ESPECIALLY after 9 hours on a trailer.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-28-2007, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I guess the right dorsal colitis is a form of ulcers (in the colin), but at this point they say we have "bigger issues". Just heard from my friend and she went to check on him and he seemed much better (his white blood cell count was down, which the vet said could be some sort of reaction to get ready to fight off a bacterial infection) but his vitals are all good and he's eating a bit better.
I guess they're leaning more and more towards salmonella now.
I mentioned the ulcers to her and she said she'd ask the vet. We've had several who have had ulcers and they didn't react like this, but I know how different they all can be! :)
The vet told he that he's not "circling the drain" tonight, but is worried about a major colic episode... hopefully he'll just come back around here, he sounds like he's a little less lethargic at the moment.
Thanks so much for the input , I've passed it on and hopefully the vet will consider it
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-12-2007, 09:10 AM
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I just lost a young gelding this morning, however the symptoms of my little man came on extremely quickly and I'm not sure if it had to do with his young age. He arrived after 2 days travelling and was very alert, happy, hungry and drinking freely. The next morning he looked sluggish and was sitting down alot and diarrhea. The vet originally diagnosed him with travel fever, high temp, resp noise and the diarrhea as a separate stress related symptom from the travel. After a broard spectrum antibiotic, electrolytes, plasma, he really picked up and we didnt feel the need to go ahead and take him to hospital. Unfortunately within another 7 hours he had died. Its possible that this was colitis or an accute colic, but it's something we'll never know for sure. I have done some reading on colitis and one site recommended the use of bio sponge as a very proactive treatment in the adsorbtion of the the bacteria and toxins in the intestine with colitis. It may be worth asking about?? I hope your horse recovers and I only wish I had sent mine straight to the horse hospital where he might have had a chance.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-25-2007, 07:20 PM
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Just a thought have you tried to contact the previous owners, to see if this has happened before. or if they have any suggestions.
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