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    06-28-2013, 01:36 AM
  #1
Weanling
Sudden loss of weight, colic, and diarrhoea

My horse has always been at a very healthy weight in the 4 years I've owned her. She has never signifigantly lost or gained weight, rather just has stayed the same. She never had ribs showing, although you could slightly feel them. She has always been a easy keeper aswell. But about a month ago I guess I noticed that I could visibly see her ribs when she moved a certain way. I thought that maybe she was eating less because it was getting extremely hot and she didnt need the extra heat, but a week or so later I seen she had lost more weight, for sure. Huh, weird, she has never lost weight any other summer. I thought she might have worms, but I wormed her only two months ago, and although I usually worm every three months I decided to worm her again, to see if that was the problem. Nope, two weeks later, still the same. I had to leave for two and a half weeks for work starting in the beginning of June, and she stayed at home in her pasture and my parents came out to feed her and check up on her twice a day. About one week into being out of town I got a call saying that when my mom had went out to feed her, she seemed dis interested, and when she stuck her mouth in the bucket she kind of just opened her mouth and grabbed some oats but spit it out, not chewing. Mom, getting worried, stayed out their watching her for a few minutes, and then she seen her lye down. Oh the joys, she was colicing. Mom got her up and started walking her until the vet came out, and he took care of Legend from their. It was a mild colic, but her first colic since I've had her. (Talk about stress, I've never wanted to be home so much in my life) I got home a week later and seen Legend was STILL skinny, her ribs as prominent as ever now. So, I had a vet out again to check for stomach ulcers, as those were my next thought of the weight loss, but nope, she was clear. Then I had him check her teeth, nope, good their too. Not to mention I had them floated in March. So last week Im cleaning her manure and I notice the over abundance of diarrhoea. Clearly something is going on in her body, and I don't know whether or not the sudden weight loss, colic, and runny manure (All happening within about 1-2 months) is all connected, but Im thinking yes? I've never had any health problems with her, EVER. And nothing has changed. Same food, same hay, same water, same fly sprays, riding time, same pasture, farrier, tack, etc. nothing has changed. So now I've been thinking, maybe she's just at a more normal weight now, and before she was on the chunky side, so if that is the case, why is she having runny manure now? And how do I get her to gain a few more pounds back? I am at a loss, I have no idea what to do. Im going to get some beet pulp tomorrow and and I've been looking at some smart pak weight gaining supplements, but ... what is going on with her? Or am I just over reacting?
     
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    06-28-2013, 02:02 AM
  #2
Foal
How did the vet test for ulcers? Even scoping them can be a bit hit and miss.

If she were my horse, I would treat her for ulcers anyway from the symptoms that you describe. I would also get blood tests done too. If nothing has changed with her and she's suddenly dropping weight, then there is something going on there.
     
    06-28-2013, 03:33 AM
  #3
Foal
If possible I would maybe get a second opinion from a different vet. It sounds like your vet could be missing something that could be pretty crucial.

I really hope you get it figured out and she gets back to her healthy self.
     
    06-28-2013, 08:05 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Are you sure she is free from worms? Just because she is on a regular deworming schedule doesn't mean she doesn't have them. A fecal will not detect encysted worms. What did you last deworm with?

I would have a full cbc done as well. It is fairly cheap and can tell a lot. Also not sure where you are but have you checked for sand in the gut?
     
    06-28-2013, 08:26 AM
  #5
Yearling
I assume she was palpated? Sand can cause what you are describing.
     
    06-28-2013, 08:31 AM
  #6
Green Broke
How old is she?
What shape is the pasture in, weedy etc?
I hope you find an easy answer to her weight loss.
     
    06-28-2013, 12:48 PM
  #7
Yearling
Try some sand clear on her, it sounds like sand to me too.
     
    06-28-2013, 03:52 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by picup436    
How did the vet test for ulcers? Even scoping them can be a bit hit and miss.

If she were my horse, I would treat her for ulcers anyway from the symptoms that you describe. I would also get blood tests done too. If nothing has changed with her and she's suddenly dropping weight, then there is something going on there.
He scoped her. How would you treat her? If scoping is a hit and miss I will have another vet out to try it again. Are their any other ways of testing that would be more accurate?

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Originally Posted by NevCowgirl    
If possible I would maybe get a second opinion from a different vet. It sounds like your vet could be missing something that could be pretty crucial.

I really hope you get it figured out and she gets back to her healthy self.
That sounds like a good idea. Their are about two vets in our area that I use on and off, so I will try the other one to see if the results are still the same.


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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Are you sure she is free from worms? Just because she is on a regular deworming schedule doesn't mean she doesn't have them. A fecal will not detect encysted worms. What did you last deworm with?

I would have a full cbc done as well. It is fairly cheap and can tell a lot. Also not sure where you are but have you checked for sand in the gut?
Im not 100% positive, no. I last dewormed her with ivermectin. I switch her wormers up every time. CBC sounds like a good idea. And no I havent checked for sand in the gut. Is it something I can do or do I need my vet to do it?

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Originally Posted by goneriding    
I assume she was palpated? Sand can cause what you are describing.
No, from what I heard mom walked her until my vet came out and he gave her a shot of banamine and he kept walking her until she passed manure. Vet said it was mild enough.

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Originally Posted by natisha    
How old is she?
What shape is the pasture in, weedy etc?
I hope you find an easy answer to her weight loss.
She is 8. The pasture is not the best Im afraid. It was all lush grass when I first brought her home, but after her living their and tearing the ground up it is now pretty much dirt, with a few random shrubs growing in it. I've tried planting grass in their, but I don't have anywhere else to put her while the grass is getting established so she prettys much demolishes any new grass. I keep hay out 24/7 for her to eat. All the food I feed her is raised from the ground in feeding buckets and her hay is in a feeder on pallets.

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Originally Posted by cmarie    
Try some sand clear on her, it sounds like sand to me too.
I was looking at Sand Clear last night, it looks like a good idea. I think Ill order some today.

Thank you everyone for all your responses :)
     
    06-28-2013, 06:16 PM
  #9
Green Broke
One way to check for sand would be to put the poop in a bucket of water to dissolve and if there is sand in the bucket than there is sand in the gut.
     
    06-28-2013, 09:41 PM
  #10
Yearling
If she was palpated, the vet would have a good idea if sand was an issue.100% psyllium husk is best. I do not understand why she was not palpated but....anyhoo, it would not hurt to purge her along with using banamine. Psyllium-3 heaping tablespoons on her grain for three days then off for three days. Repeat this for 30 days. Give a dose of banamine if showing signs of discomfort and if it is sand, she definitely will show signs of discomfort. Pick a tube of banamine from your vet.
     

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