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        07-01-2009, 10:16 AM
      #21
    Super Moderator
    You know, they are like children, maybe it'll just take her a little longer to get back to normal. I am glad she is improving. I hate it when they are sick, you run down to the barn and check on them every five minutes thinking you'll see improvement from when you were there 10 minutes ago.... it's scary... She'll get better... poor girl!
         
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        07-01-2009, 06:41 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Thanks, HalfPass and you're correct about them ingesting infected insects.

    FP, you're so right, the vet didn't get here until after 6pm today and I was out checking on her constantly! She definitely improved as the day went on and she was very alert when he was treating her. I'm feeling pretty good that this last one will do the trick.
         
        07-02-2009, 02:41 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    Glad that Stella is doing well

    Back to your original source of concern - the fluid swellings in her legs

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    I learned that the edema (swelling) in the legs that Stella had was probably due to a protein imbalance that occurs
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    A protein imbalance can affect the lymphatic system ( responsible for fluid drainage )

    Is there a direct link between the Potomac and the protein imbalance, or is it just an unhappy coincidence ( Stella eating too much ).

    You have said that you have had a lot of rain this year - could that have lead to there being extra protein in the grass ( more rain = richer grass ) and Stella's imbalance is due to her eating more protein than usual, and also the extra rain has also increased the insect population ( you mention the mayfly that lives in water ) thereby increasing her chances of getting Potomac .

    Many of us don't have a problem with Potomac - but all of our horses eat protein - normally if the grass is rich we are all looking for laminitis so limit the amount they can eat, but there are other sources of protein.
         
        07-02-2009, 06:28 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Nutty Saddler    

    Is there a direct link between the Potomac and the protein imbalance, or is it just an unhappy coincidence ( Stella eating too much ).
    I didn't ask the vet his thoughts on that, but I was just relaying what I read about PHF. It could very well have been a coincidence.

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    You have said that you have had a lot of rain this year - could that have lead to there being extra protein in the grass ( more rain = richer grass ) and Stella's imbalance is due to her eating more protein than usual, and also the extra rain has also increased the insect population ( you mention the mayfly that lives in water ) thereby increasing her chances of getting Potomac .
    The wet spring has definitely increased her chances of getting it.

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    many of us don't have a problem with Potomac - but all of our horses eat protein - normally if the grass is rich we are all looking for laminitis so limit the amount they can eat, but there are other sources of protein.
    PHF can also cause laminitis, but fortunately she's not showing signs of it. I do try to be careful about their grass intake and don't know what else I could have done to prevent this. After all, she was even vaccinated against this, but still got it.
         
        07-04-2009, 11:36 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    3neighs,
    I am so glad to hear that Stella is getting better! Yeah! No laminitis signs is also a great thing...
    I guess it is just one of those things...It is sad and unfortunate but at leat Stella is on the mend and you were ble to catch it quickly. Somtimes the key to is to catching something quickly before it is to far gone....Thank goodness...
    Half Pass
         
        07-04-2009, 02:30 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    3neighs where are about in Michigan are you located? I have heard of this but my Vet never recommends the vaccine. I live in West Michigan by the lake. I'm going to have to look into this.
         
        07-04-2009, 02:43 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Have not been through this, but I am so sorry to hear about your horse! Sending hugs and good wishes for her speedy recovery!
         
        07-05-2009, 08:30 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Thanks HalfPass and Luv 2 Trail! Finally, this morning I saw what I've been waiting for - Stella to trot around in all her arab glory! Her and Luna were trotting around together just feeling frisky and it's the first time I've been able to look at her and believe she's 100 percent back to herself. I'm just thrilled and wanted to let everyone know she seems to have made a complete recovery, yay! Thanks again to everyone for your support, it really helped me get through this.

    Cowgirlfitzy, I'm in the very southern part of the state. Very close to the Ohio and Indiana borders.

    Stella went from this:
    stella '09 001.jpg

    Back to this:
    stella '09 004.jpg
         
        07-05-2009, 08:32 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    I am keeping Stella in my thoughts. Xoxo to Stella.

    Cocoa used to have really bad reactions to her seasonal shots. She used to fall over and pass out as well. To solve this, the vet had me give her bute three days before and three days after her shots. It happened two seasons before we started doing the bute, since then, it never happened again.

    I am happy to hear she is improving and hope that she makes a full recovery to her normal self soon.

    *hug*
         
        07-05-2009, 08:44 AM
      #30
    Green Broke
    We must have posted at the same time, kim angel, look up ^! :) I have a feeling I know exactly how you felt the first time that happened with your horse. I'm glad you were able to solve it. Thanks for the hug! Nobody else in my family is up yet to share my good news with, I can always count on you guys! :)
         

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