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post #11 of 13 Old 09-13-2007, 12:39 PM
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No, EPM is not likely since there has been a fever. More likely would be EHV-1 neuro disease or one of the encephalytic diseases which I bet they've already tested for. The weakness/unsteadiness may not be actually neurological though and be more related to just weakness due to high fever and infection so I would wonder if they've actually decided if it is actually neurological deficit.

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post #12 of 13 Old 09-13-2007, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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We did consider the weakness could very well be from being kept up in isolation for a while. He's not moving around in his stall much but his feet are usually packed so it's probably uncomfortable to move with that and perhaps some stiffness in his back.

The fever is the main thing that we're worried about. It'll be fine for most of the day and then spike up suddenly.. to like 103. It's more consistent at this point but is still fluxuating.
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-13-2007, 08:45 PM
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My son's gelding started acting funny. Like he was colicing, he kept walking around in circles and then laying down. He would paw alot. He would not eat or drink. He was pooing and peeing. The vet came out and did blood work. It was bacterial and was put on antibiotics for 2 weeks. We never figured out what caused it. It's still a mystery. He got better after about 3 weeks. We have a creek and swamp around us and since we haven't had any rain and my horses vere out deeper into the swamp, I figured he ate something that made him sick. Hope your horse gets better.
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