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    06-29-2009, 03:38 PM
I'll be crossing everything for your horse's full recovery!!!
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    06-30-2009, 01:39 PM
Green Broke
Thanks AussieDaisyGirl! It's looking good for Stella as of right now. The vet just completed the second round of treatment, but said tomorrow's may not be necessary. If she looks 100 percent better by morning I'm to call him and cancel. She wasn't looking much improved to me this morning, but he said it's usually the second one that really does it.

Apparently our county is bad for Potomac. He's treating three other horses in my immediate area. I asked him how she could get this despite being vaccinated against it and he said it's not a good vaccine. He said a lot of people will vaccinate again 30 days after the first and he vaccinates his horses for it in May, June and July.

Please keep your fingers crossed for my girl! In all my searching for info about this illness, I learned that the edema (swelling) in the legs that Stella had was probably due to a protein imbalance that occurs.
    06-30-2009, 01:40 PM
Wow thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Were you able to confirm how she contacted it?
    06-30-2009, 02:45 PM
Wow, you learn something new every day. I had never heard of this; but I don't live anywhere around water either. Thank you for posting that article, 3neighs. I wish Stella a quick recovery with no lingering issues. She is lucky to have and owner like you. Good luck.
    06-30-2009, 06:18 PM
Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
Wow thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Were you able to confirm how she contacted it?
It's spread through ticks.
    06-30-2009, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
Thanks, G and K and smrobs, I appreciate the kind words. :)

Well, her appetite has improved, but she still has that sleepy look and shuffles around. I guess we'll see what the morning brings.

My vet said ticks and also mayflies are carriers. I also read that standing water can become infected and horses can contract the disease from drinking the water. It makes sense because we have had a very wet spring and part of our pasture flooded.
    06-30-2009, 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by 3neighs    
Please keep your fingers crossed for my girl! In all my searching for info about this illness, I learned that the edema (swelling) in the legs that Stella had was probably due to a protein imbalance that occurs.
*fingers crossed* I really hope she is better soon!
    06-30-2009, 09:53 PM
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Wow! That is so scary. I'm sorry you had to deal with that. I didn't read the link that you put up but I"m thinking they get it from snails don't they? I think that is what my vet told me. I always get the vaccine (at least twice a year) because I live so close to the river. (The Potomac is actually just walking distance from my house). A ton of people don't get the shot unless they hear of it in the area. Kind of like West Nile, but that's another one that I get all the time because I'm a big chicken. I have never ever seen an outbreak. I think I would have fainted myself if that had happened to me. That sounds so flipping scary. Please keep us posted.
    07-01-2009, 11:00 AM
Green Broke
Thanks HorseLuvr and FP! Yes, my vet did say something about snails, too, now that you mention that. We'll be doing the vaccine twice a year now, too.

Well, I was really hoping to see Stella running around and back to normal this morning, but she isn't. I definitely notice an improvement, but she's not 100 percent. She's out grazing more now and her walk is faster than a shuffle now, but she still has that sleepy look in her eyes, even when her ears are perked up while looking at something off in the distance. *sigh* Hopefully three is the charm...
    07-01-2009, 11:11 AM
Hey 3neighs...
I hope as this week and into the weekend progresses so will Stella.
I would for sure have fainted to and I ma not one for fainting...but the shock would have done me in!
I di read that all three things can be the ause...Mayflies, ticks, and something about snails. So it would/could make sense if the pasture flooded. Even if she never came across a snail or had a tick I think that when they eat they can injest the tick or mayfly and also get it this way. If I read the info correctly...
Hope for a better day today..
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