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    01-02-2012, 10:24 AM
Young mare with diarrhea

Ok so a week ago Dec.23 I three noticed my three year old was dropping weight, So I put her into a stall and free fed alfalfa that night (all my horses get one scoop of TNT chops every night so not a big deal to free fed) and two flakes reg grass hay.
The next morning Dec. 24 I went to feed her, change water, she did not touch the hay and I noticed she had had diarrhea , like water( I figured it was because of the alfalfa). I put her outside in the arena to get some sun that day. When I returned that night she was laying down and very lethargic.
The next morning (Dec. 25 yep Christmas ) I took her to the vet. He gave her an IV for dehydration, and told me it was because of the alfalfa to take her home and give her kaopecten and put her on electro lites and pro bios (sorry for the spelling) and keep giving her as much alfalfa she can eat. So we tried that, she seemed to be more alert the next couple of days, but she still had Diarrhea, ( it seemed to be getting better) but far from solid.
We are now to December 31, I saw she had some small red worms in her stool. I decided to worm her, Panacur (fenbendazole)
Jan1 She is still out side, she had water diarrhea. Still getting kao/ and electro but the red worm were dead that were in her stool. She has lost tons of weight. She is drinking plenty of water and eating grass real well. I do not know if I should pull her off the alfalfa ( if that ismaybe what is causing the diarrhea?) Or if the worms she had damaged her intestinal track and that is what is causing it.

If you have any advise I am all ears Thanks in advance
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    01-02-2012, 10:36 AM
If she was mine, I would take her off the alfalfa (or at least only give her 1/2 flakes) an put her back on the hay she had been on.

Keep giving her the probios and I would soak her grain rations to make sure she keeps herself hydrated.

As far as the worms go, I would call the vet to ask about that. Maybe take a sample to him so you can find out exactly what kind you're dealing with.
    01-02-2012, 11:11 AM
Thanks, I know which worms she has, they say to do a power pack for 5 days to get rid of them, ( im not sure she could handle it) Im dropping of a fecal this morning to the vet.should I give her just 15g or the whole tube of probios? I am really second guessing my vet. He should have pulled a fecal last week when this started. I will pull her off the alfalfa and see what happens. I have been soaking everything in water, so worried about her getting enough water.. Thanks for the help
    01-02-2012, 11:20 AM
I agree, if she passed that many worms with one Panacur I would be hesitant to Powerpak her right now.

About the Probios - I've never used the paste, so maybe someone else can chime in about that. But, it probably wouldn't hurt to buy a jar of probios powder, that way you can feed small amounts with her grain ration for maintenance. I do this with my QH gelding as he tends to get runny manure when we're showing and it helps keep his digestive track in check.

And if you're second guessing your vet, look for a new one. I just dropped my vet for various reasons prior to the last fall vaccinations by crew got. The new vet is WONDERFUL - so much more personable and professional AND her rates are slightly lower.
    01-02-2012, 11:33 AM
Thank you so much. I think its time for a new vet, I have 11 horses so my vet gets to know me well. I don't mind paying, I just want someone who cares about my horses like I do/ Thanks again for your help

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