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    12-12-2011, 06:42 PM
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Red face Yet another update Oliver who has pneumonia

I was informed by many of your to keep you updated on oliver's healing process of his pneumonia.

So he was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday night (the 9th after a couple weeks of a runny nose and a cough that was just getting worse.

He got pumped full of penicillin Friday night to get a jump start on his treatment and I got 14 packets (2 weeks worth) of Uniprim (antibiotics) they are in powder form and he gets a packet a day mixed in with a little bit of grain. He is now on day three of his anti biotics.

My vet who was great with talking me through treament wants him at least 50% better by Wensday, he said to keep him resting and as much turnout till then (fresh air better then the air in the barn from tons of other horses and no window to see outside) he suggested that I take him out Wensday (day five of treatment) and lunge him to see how his breathing is when trotting and cantering, if he is still having his coughing fits, coughing crap up he will need to come back out, take him off that antibiotic and try a completely different one, maybe even give him a bronco dailator.

He then went on to compliment me on what a great little horse I have, complimented his confirmation and attitude :)

He also made me feel much better in telling me it's actually good that I waited to get him out cause Oliver's body need to fight it off as best it could so that next time his body gets hit with a cold it can better remember too cause he wasn't shot up with drugs right away when he first got snotty nose and coughing.

The other working student from the barn called today to give me and update saying he looked like he was feeling better, still had a gooky gross nose and caughing once in a while but was very happy to be turned out. He is still very weak so he lays down alot but today didn't lay down in turnout! He was up grazing the whole time (2hours)

So there is the update, I'll let you all know what he is like Wensday and if the vet needs to come back out. I'm going to my grandmas who lives a few hours away but there isn't anymore I can do, I have good people watching him, he is getting his antibiotics and seems more attentive everyday.

I'm just worried 5 days won't be enough time to get that caught to go away.

Thanks for reading
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    12-13-2011, 11:52 AM
Sounds like he is on the road to recovery. Im so glad. Take it one day at a time and so long as there is improvement you are making great progress.
Thanks for the update. Do keep us posted daily if you get time. Good job nipping it at the right time!

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