I received a call from my barn owner yesterday who suspected my horse was choking. I met the vet out there who's reaction was "OMG how long has she been like this" - not comforting words! Ok, so I will break down her symptoms and performed diagnostics-
- Turned out in AM completely wnl
-At 4pm BO went out to check on horses and Secret was standing under a tree with her head outstretched.
- Gross swelling under mandible and down neck- holding head extended- unable to distinguish jaw line from neck
-At that time she had her lips pursed and hay coming out which led BO to think choke.
-There was absolutely no discharge from mouth or nose
-No breathing difficulties, color good
-Trailered her to clinic (1hour away) catheter placed and fluids started
Diagnostics included: ultrasound, scoping, speculum exam, bloodwork (won't be back until tuesday) strangles test
Vet sent her home last night and we started her on Banamine, pennicilin and IV fluids as needed.
Her appetite is great- trying to eat during the ultrasound! THough she is not drinking much water.
This morning she had bran mush and is out on grass- she is calling to the other horses and trotting around.
The vet said to be prepared for the worst- ie a last minute euthanasia BUT I have no guidance to what is going on????
So, I turn to this board for any advice if anyone has gone through something similar??
OH, She is 17 and the last new horse at the barn came in 3 weeks ago and is vaccinated against Strangles. According to our Vet there have been no strangles outbreaks in our area for over a year.
I know this is long I aplogize I am just so worried about my baby girl!