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        03-15-2011, 01:59 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Updates?
         
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        03-15-2011, 03:04 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks

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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Sounds like impaction colic, and your vet sounds like a moron.
    Thank you everyone for your rude comments about my vet. He has been in Southern TX (we are in Norther CO) for a week and just got back this morning (he came home 2 days early for my mare). There are NO OTHER VETERINARIANS out here. We took her in this morning as soon as he returned and had him do a rectal exam. Turns out yes, she did have Impaction Colic and everything is taken care of now. We got mineral oil as well as a special laxative in her stomach, should start taking effect by this afternoon. Have some Penicillin to give her tomorrow, and plenty of electrolytes to tie in if she starts with diarrhea tonight. She has full access to water 24/7 and is allowed to start nibbling on clean grass hay, stalk free. I appreciate the comments and invoice, but was just curious as to whether or not these strange symptoms have been seen by others and in what cases.

    To everyone else, thank you so much for the tips and info. We reacted right away, as soon as I realized something wasn't right. I think that helped tremendously. I've dealt with colic before, just like I said not with those strange symptoms on top of it all. Anyways, things are taken care of and she has a little kick in her step again :) Going to be watching her for a day or two very closely, and will provide another update or two here soon. Thanks again and I appreciate everything!

    -Savana
         
        03-15-2011, 03:27 PM
      #13
    Banned
    How were people supposed to know that your vet was out of town and had no back up vet?

    No one was rude. They were simply going on the information you provided.

    *bangs head on wall because she does not understand people getting upset when the people on the internet can not read their mind and go on the facts they provide.

    Glad your horse is doing better.

    I am not sure I understand the need for antibiotics. Can you explain, please?
         
        03-15-2011, 03:53 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    How come every part of America only seems to ever have one vet................?
    Not just you OP its like every post in health says its the only vet for 100miles or something. Is there a severe vet shortage in America or something??
         
        03-15-2011, 03:57 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
    I am not sure I understand the need for antibiotics. Can you explain, please?
    The Penicillin is in case of infection. Just a precautionary measure.
         
        03-15-2011, 03:59 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
    How come every part of America only seems to ever have one vet................?
    Not just you OP its like every post in health says its the only vet for 100miles or something. Is there a severe vet shortage in America or something??
    I've noticed the same thing. And with our 3 horses within the last year and a half over $2,000 in vet bills...it has given me reason to go to school for my DVM in Equine Medicine. I'm in my second year, only 4 1/2 to go.
         
        03-15-2011, 04:05 PM
      #17
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    APHAforlife,

    I want to both defend and complain about folks for their posts on this one...

    First I want to explain that we get many new members with minimal posts such as you that will post this crazy story about how their horse is in severe distress yet they have no vet, can't afford one, or the vet hasn't called back, etc. so because of that, from our more active members, immediately you will get the "CALL THE VET" response.

    I'm one of those people that doesn't normally play around, I changed from a "one man show" to a larger more expensive pratice a few years ago because I wanted to know that I would get a response when I needed it, even if it was to ask advice. My friends always joke about how my horses will have an iron lung in the end because I treat everyting, but even I got the "Call the vet ASASP and do not log back into this forum to post an update before your horse is taken care of" when I had a horse that had choke. (I had already contacted the vet and the farrier happened to be onhand when it happened).

    Our members have soured and I apoligize for that.

    I also hate when people automatically assume that a vet is a moron. You may or may not be getting the entire picture when someone posts something. Also, my vet will leave things to my disgression such as the choke episode, alot of times the problem will resolve itself and my vet was telling me steps to take and then telling me to call back if she needed to come. I got online just to ask for folks opinions because I had never experienced choke myself, not because I didn't care about my horse, was too cheap to call the vet, or my vet was a moron...

    I'm glad your horse seems to be doing better. Please give us updates on their progress!
         
        03-15-2011, 04:06 PM
      #18
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
    How come every part of America only seems to ever have one vet................?
    Not just you OP its like every post in health says its the only vet for 100miles or something. Is there a severe vet shortage in America or something??
    It makes me scratch my head too.
    I know people in various parts of the country and none of them have this one vet problem. They all have a favorite vet (as do I), but if there was an emergency and their vet was out of town or such there are other vets to use.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by APHAforlife    
    The Penicillin is in case of infection. Just a precautionary measure.
    I know what antibiotics do.
    I am asking what infection does the vet think the horse might have from an impaction colic?
         
        03-15-2011, 04:07 PM
      #19
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by APHAforlife    
    The Penicillin is in case of infection. Just a precautionary measure.
    My horse has been put on antibiotics a few of the times he has coliced. (he's a chronic).
         
        03-15-2011, 04:08 PM
      #20
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    My horse has been put on antibiotics a few of the times he has coliced. (he's a chronic).
    I have never heard of that.
    (Other than the horse that I know that had colic surgery.)

    I guess different vet different ideas.
         

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