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post #1 of 13 Old 05-10-2014, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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My 6 year old paint has become sick that past few weeks. She has lost quite a bit of weight and her skin is literally coming off in large strips, as if she has been skinned. It only seems to have affected her in the areas of her white fur. We've had two vets come out and the last one "guessed" that it may be a liver problem caused by eating something toxic. She is the only one of six horses to be sick & my baby! Can someone help us please!?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-10-2014, 02:17 AM
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did they not offer some kind of thoughts on what to do to try to counteract that? is she in a pasture shared with ohter horses, who would eat the same thing she ate? has her diet changed recently, or has she gotten into something like a new paddock, or somewhere she could get chemicals? I mean, what makes them think it is the liver?

is she taking any drugs on a regular basis?
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pics? Could is be HERDA?
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Has she had any vaccinations done in the last few weeks that she could be having a reaction to?
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Have the vets considered auto immune diseases?
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Is the skin under her white areas pink or black? If it's pink, the hair and skin loss on only her white areas could be sunburn, but I'd think a vet would recognize it. Sunburn is painful, especially over such a large skin surface area, which could cause the weight loss.
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It sound like 'photosensitivity' to me. It is triggered by an allergy to a food or drug or something and then exacerbated by sunlight. The only cases I have seen were treated with steroids (huge doses) and put in a dark stall for a good while. One got over it after months of treatment. The other got some better, but they decided to put her down.

The first one was on short pasture and they think she was eating weeds. Evidently, milk weed has been known to cause it. They never did figure out what triggered the other one.

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My 6 year old paint has become sick that past few weeks. She has lost quite a bit of weight and her skin is literally coming off in large strips, as if she has been skinned. It only seems to have affected her in the areas of her white fur. We've had two vets come out and the last one "guessed" that it may be a liver problem caused by eating something toxic. She is the only one of six horses to be sick & my baby! Can someone help us please!?
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If this is real, you need to get a vet out for blood work instead of accepting guesses for your money. Be prepared to spend a LOT of money on this horse. A quick fix on a free forum isn't going to cut it.

Did any of these vets give you any treatment advice or medications? What have you been doing thus far to counter the symptoms? One guessed it was the liver? Why not find out for sure if this is your baby?

If it is not a common sun burn and you are not willing to fork out the money it takes to get this horse better, be prepared to give the animal to someone who can or put it down. Don't let it suffer due to lack of funds.

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I am so sorry, I have no idea's what is going on, just want to say I hope you find out what it is and that she gets better! My thoughts and prayers are with you, please keep us informed.. Hugs..
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