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post #1 of 35 Old 06-29-2009, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Stella has Potomac

Onetoomany, you were right. The vet was out today and Stella's legs were the least of my concerns. He gave her the first of three tetracycline treatments and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will work and she doesn't need an IV.

Administering the drug didn't go smoothly either. She had a bad reaction to it and fainted, falling into the fence and breaking it but, fortunately, not injuring herself. My heart was just racing and I was shaking so bad because I was not expecting that. Neither was my vet. She started breathing really heavy which he said was normal, but then she started wobbling and I said, "Is she going to go down?!" He said he hasn't seen a reaction like that in twenty years. She finally settled down and he was able to finish the treatment.

I'll be watching her like a hawk today looking for signs of improvement even though the vet said not to be alarmed if she doesn't show much by tomorrow morning when he'll be back.

If anyone has been through this please tell me your success stories...

Stella - sweet, timid, elegant, lovely, lively, amazing
Luna - large, unattractive, naughty, adored
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I haven't been thru it but my thoughts are with you! I hope she recovers well!
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oh wow. i haven't had anything like this ever happen to my horse, but it sounds like you're doing the right thing watching her around the clock. keep her comfortable and talk to her; she's probably scared right now. i hope she's okay. please keep us updated.
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I've never dealt with a case of Potomac personally, but I've heard it can be rough. Please, keep us updated.
Best wishes, and get well soon, Stella!

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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post #5 of 35 Old 06-29-2009, 01:46 PM
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Oh I am so sorry,
I have not dealt with Potomac either, but did some reading up on it.
I am so sorry you had to have this experience....
I will say a prayer and hope that things will turn around soon and that you caught this soon into the illness....
Hang in there...
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post #6 of 35 Old 06-29-2009, 01:54 PM
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Oh wow, so sorry to hear about this.
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post #7 of 35 Old 06-29-2009, 02:04 PM
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Could someone please explain exactly what this is? I tried doing some google searches and nothing came up...I would like to educate myself on this so that if it ever happens to my animals I can be aware of what it could possible be.
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So sorry that your horse has something more serious than most of us thought - well done you for calling a vet.
Not coming from the USA I've never heard of potomac.
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FehrGroundRanch- Try looking up erhlichia in horses, erhlichia (equine granulocytic erhlichiosis) is the more clinical name. Glad you caught it 3neighs and are getting it treated!
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post #10 of 35 Old 06-29-2009, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the support everyone! I'm going to worry, but the vet seemed to have a postive outlook as she wasn't dehydrated or breathing rapidly (that happened after the meds started) so I think we got to it early enough.

Fehrground, here's something I found:
What is Potomac Horse Fever?

Stella - sweet, timid, elegant, lovely, lively, amazing
Luna - large, unattractive, naughty, adored

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