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.