Worried about horses health
I am seriously considering calling the vet for my horse but I'm a bit put off in case its something I can deal with, without the only equine vet who is really expensive.
We have had some flooding over the last few days so there as been a lot of water around the place lately. Yesterday I went out to find Sam shivering from being super wet and the big winds. I immediately put a rug on him and he looked much happier. Due to the weather I couldn't get outside to rug him the day before and wasn't too worried since they have a shelter, which he obviously didn't use.
I left the rug on him this morning when I went to work because it was still a bit wet and windy. When I got home at midday I found him a bit sweaty under the rug, though it had warmed up a bit before I could get home. I also found his legs swollen from pastern to knee/hocks. They didn't feel overly hot but he wasn't happy with me touching them, there was also spots that looked like he had been bitten by insects on one hind leg. He also looked very sucked up and his ribs were sticking out a little bit. He doesn't appear to want to really move around either.
I wouldn't be so worried if there was one swollen leg or something but it just seems odd that all four a swollen. I'm also a bit worried since a horse at work is suspected to have ross river fever. Anyone got ideas?
DEFINITELY get your vet out ASAP......the swelling in the legs and the 'insect bites' (and I think you are describing little spots of blood on the leg looking like a black fly bite?) can indicate kidney failure/issues. Being so cold on his loins is not good.....please keep us updated.
I've seen nearlly a whole herd of mares and foals get a severe intestinal infection with diarheoa and severe dehydration (they had a primary infection called rye grass staggers and then developed this infection as a secondary) and the weaker horses developed kidney issues/failure. They were very wet and cold.
Thanks I'm completely convinced now I will call the vet.
Yep, I would definitely be getting the vet out. Did you dry him off before you put the rug on?
Always trust your gut. If your first instinct was "vet" it is usually right. Not to mention you're better off having an unnecessary vet bill than a very sick or worse horse.
I got as some water off him since it was actively raining and widny so I just wanted to get the rug on him quickly.
Thats what was thinking because my first thought was call the vet.
not in australia so what is ross river fever ?
I don't know a huge amount about it but basically you get bitten by a mosquito (can't remember if it has to infected with something or not).
Then there can be swelling, joint soreness, coughing, temperatures etc. I think (though I'm not sure) there isn't a lot that can be done other then keeping them comfortable until it passes. It takes quite a period of time to recover too. Its bad virus.
Ok the vet can't come out until tomorrow afternoon, unless something clears up.
I was told there are a lot of horses with swollen legs due to all the rain and flooding, which I guess is fare enough. I saw a lot of horses at work with swollen legs at work today but they all only had minor swelling mostly on one or two legs. They were also not having trouble walking or anything so I'm a bit frustrated because I think she thinks I'm just over-reacting. I kinda hope I am.
Is he having trouble walking? Will he let oyu lead him or does he balk? Is the swelling hot or warm? What about his hooves, warm or pulsing? Does he have a temperature? It might help to cold hose the swelling on his legs, maybe relieve some pain while you are waiting for the vet to come out. I wouldn't do it within 12 hours of the vet visit though so that you don't mask any symptoms. Best of luck!
Ok so swelling had gone down a little bit and he was more willing to walk today.
I have been told to put talcom(sp?) powder on his legs and keep them as dry as possible, so no hosing. He got a needle today and I have to give him bute to help keep him comfortable until the swelling goes down.
The vet said there has been alot of three day sickness in cows lately, so there are a few viruses going around. I have to ring him back if I don't see any real improvement in a few days.
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