Worried About Lily (Fever, icky eyes, runny nose, etc)
I am a bit worried about my new mare Lily. I don't know what to do honestly, the worst medical problem one of my horses ever had was a tooth abcess or a hoof abcess.
Sunday(the day we brought Lily home) and Monday Lily was fine. She was her perky 2 year old self. Well Tuesday(yesterday) morning I get a call from my BO's wife saying she's got icky, pusy eyes and a snotty nose. But she ate her breakfast and was drinking and going to the bathroom. But I should still call the vet just to be safe.
I call out of work and head down to the barn. Lily looks horrible. You know how we look when we're sick, that's how she looked. Well I called the vet to make an Appt and they were able to come out between 3 and 4 and I should isolate her, take her temp and monitor her until they got there. SO my friend and I did that.
We took her Temp at 12pm yesterday and it was 103.8. The entire time we were waiting for the vet she acted normal eating hay, drinking a great amount, and pooping and peeing. She was even calling to us at random times(which was cute) but she just looked tired. Also I felt under her jaw just ot be safe and low and behold there was a lump. SO I started to panic a bit.
Vet got there around 3-3:30pm. We told him what her temp was and about the lump. He checked the lump and said it doesn't feel like strangles but that doesn't mean it couldn't be. He took her temp. And it was 102.6. He asked if we gave her anything, we said no. He gave her a shot (I forget the name of it) but it brings down fever. He also gave me a tube of banamine and she is supposed to have her temp taken every day and if it's high she gets a 500lb dose of banamine.
He said it could be strangles, shipping fever, or a very, very bad respiratory infection. He said whatever it is we caught it early. He said he doesn't treat strangles with antibiotics because then it could cause ******* Strangles which is when it spread and that increases the mortality chances greatly. He said if it is strangles he lets it run it's course to either have the lymph node go down or have it form an abcess and burst. He said even if it isn't strangles treat it like it is, so we are.
Okay so I get a phone call from my BO's wife this morning and she took Lily's temp and said it was now 107! SHe gave her her Banamine and said she would take it again in a little bit when the banamine kicked in.
What should I do now? Should I wait a few days and see if the Banamine brings it down? Should I call vet out again? Since he said we caught it early could she be going through some of the worst of it now?
If it means anything she's outside but it's not cold. We had a flooding incident in the barn and it's kind of off limits till it gets fixed. Her blanket hasn't come in yet but I prob wouldn't have one on her now because it's still fairly warm. BUt it did go down to about 39-40 degrees last night, would that cause her temp to be higher?
I'm so worried, but I'm also so angry at the people I bought her from. I found out after I got her that they buy and sell horses every week from New Holland and they don't quarantine them. Why would you not quartantine an auction horse. Especially cause New Holland doesn't require a coggins or proof of vaccines. I called them to let them know what was going on with Lily and they were like "Oh it's probably just a cold." I know I may not have the right to be angry but I'm angry and I can't be angry at Lily for being sick.
Thank you to whoever reads this. Sorry it's so long. I tried to remember everything if you have any questions just ask.
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