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post #11 of 15 Old 07-01-2012, 10:14 PM
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"The SUCCEEDŽ Equine Fecal Blood Test

The FBT is a non-invasive diagnostic aid that measures trace amounts of blood in the manure. Your vet simply collects fresh manure, mixes it with water and places a sample on two wells of the enclosed cassette. Within 15 minutes, this will tell if the horse has an excess of 2 blood components: albumin (a major component of the clear stuff we get with a scrape) and hemoglobin (the red stuff in blood.) Excess albumin indicates a hindgut lesion while excess hemoglobin indicates a bleeding lesion anywhere in the GI tract. Along with other indicators, these allow your veterinarian to pin-point the location of the problem(s)."

We tested 4 horses in our barn. 2 of the TB's (off the track) had severe. My guy was tested and had very mild. My barn mate had her Old Man Dutch Warmblood tested and he came up free and clear. It was pretty cool.

Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.
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Thank you Oxer!!! I'll definitely ask my vet if he can do that! That way I can have my cake and eat it too with using this vet visit to get everything that I need accomplished!
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-01-2012, 10:29 PM
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My vet gives the vaccinations in two visits. First one was rabies, and some other stuff (can't read his writing well...looks like "ENT" and "FLV"). Second visit was West Nile and Lyme. I also get a Coggins (even if I'm not planning to take him off the property, because who knows when I'll need to do that unexpectedly...). And I got a fecal (no worms, thanks to the daily dewormer, so I didn't also need to give him worming paste).

Huey's missing some teeth, so I have to get his teeth floated every 4 months. He lets me know if he's due by getting chewy and mouthy.

Sheath gets cleaned annually, or more often it if looks like there's some kind of problem. When he drops, I check it out, and if he's looking grubby, it's sheath cleaning time. Otherwise, he can wait until the fall.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-01-2012, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I need to learn how to clean his sheath.. but then I'd have to trim my nails short and I work so hard on growing them out Sacrifices we make for our horses haha!
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-18-2012, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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Sky got his teeth done, his sheath cleaned, a coggins pulled (for records!) and his blood panel back.....

100% healthy! Not a thing wrong! :) Will upload that as soon as I can (don't have it yet.. may get it may not. Hoping for may get since then I can put it in with his other records!)

So it must have been sunburn and some freak accident with the flyspray. Oh well.. I'm glad nothing else is awry!

I was advised not to do the ulcer test by my vet and my previous B.O (we're good friends) so I'll save that for either fall shots or next spring. But thank you so much for letting me know that test was out there!

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