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post #1 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Unknown Illness

I had to put my mare down last night but we still have no idea what was wrong with her so i thought i would put this out to see if anyone had seen this before. It all started a week and a half ago, my husband and i noticed her laying down in the pasture and decided to check on her, she didnt move and was not really wanting to get up. We called our Vet who promptly showed up, she had no fever and blood work indicated nothing, since she was not rolling or in no pain that we could tell he thought it might be the choke (she has had colic before and it all worked out fine after an all night walk and my wonderful vet), he ran a tube down into her stomach and pumped mineral oil and water in and sucked back out to check, nothing. so she was put on antibotics and anti inflammatory for the time being. She seem to be ok just acted as if she was sedated. We watched her and she stayed in her stall drinking huge amounts of water, still eating but not a lot. guts sounds were all good. so that went on and like i said she seem to be ok just acted sedated, i watched her came home this last monday and she went down again, i got her up and called my vet, he came out and she now was losing weight, we pumped her full of antibotics again and she is now running a very slight temp, checked blood again and still nothing. she slept most of the night and then was back up. Come Wednesday morning i found her down and this time not getting up, i could not budge her all the neightbors nothing was getting her up. she was just too weak to stand and seem to be ok with just laying down, i built a make shift shade over her put a fan on her and waited while giving water trying again and again after allowing her to rest to get her up. once it was apparent we were at the end my vet was called in to help her pass. Now we have sent blood to the labs to see if they can determine anything. We thought poison at first but that should have passed or showed up somewhere. if you have any thoughts they would be greatly appreciated, i have 8 other horses and would hate to have to go through this again it was very hard and we miss her so much.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 04:38 PM
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My condolences on your loss.

The blood work is your best bet to figure out what happened. Does your vet have any ideas at all?

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 04:46 PM
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Do you have a pond on your property?
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 04:53 PM
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I am sorry for your loss...

I would say that bloodwork is a good place to start. Also go check your hay and other feed for mold as well as rodent feces or any signs that rodents have been in or around it. Possums and other rodents defecating in your feed are big issues that can cause all sort of bad illnesses that can make a horse go down hard and fast.

IF you have a pond, you may want to have that water tested, or check any other water supply, make sure your auto waterers are clean.

I don't have a lot of horse illness experience, but these would be the places I would look.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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i do have a pond but she has not been around it in over a month, its not in the pasture.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
My condolences on your loss.

The blood work is your best bet to figure out what happened. Does your vet have any ideas at all?

He has no ideas as of yet he has shipped the blood off at this time to see if anyone else can come up with anything.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-04-2011, 05:28 PM
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This sounds strange that all of a sudden something would just come up. Blood work is definitely the way to go but I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope you find out what it was that caused this.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 06:37 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss and know just how you feel. We also had my boy put down yesterday. It's about the hardest thing we've had to do and made worse when you don't know what was wrong. I hope blood work comes back with some information.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 06:43 AM
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So very sorry for your loss.

Hopefully the blood work will show something.

And thoughts of doing a necropsy?
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 07:49 AM
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My sympathy and condolences, too. I hope an answer can be found for why she went so fast.
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