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alexischristina 03-18-2013 09:51 PM

Vet is coming tomorrow...
Okay guys, I posted another thread about one of my ponies' drastic weight loss. She was wormed, seemed fine, slightly under weight but she's an oldie and turning into a bit of a hard keeper. And then she started going downhill FAST, lost a LOT of weight and even when we upped her feed significantly continued losing, and then lost all interest in food. Would nibble at her grain and then leave the rest, turn her nose up at hay, etc. we tried the tums trick to do a bit of 'self-diagnosing' as suggested by a member here and that night she ate everything plus left overs from that morning, so we suspected ulcers... but since then, without being given any more tums / medication she's continued to eat normally, finishing her grain, eating at her hay and grazing. Anyway, vet is coming tomorrow to do teeth / examination... the purpose of this post is to possibly get some suggestions as far as questions to ask, tests to ask about, etc. I know vet will know best :wink: but I've never had to deal with sick horses, and am not sure what to bring up.

MAG1723 03-18-2013 10:41 PM

Just tell the vet whats happening, Tell him/her the weight loss and how she has been eating. Tell the vet if your horse is starting to pick up and become a little happier. Tell him/her that the tums helped and that you suspect its ulcers. That could give them clues as to what is happening.

Lockwood 03-18-2013 10:50 PM

And since you have the vet there, think of all the questions you have been wanting to ask about (that may not even be related to this issue) but you have always wanted to know.
A clipboard with your questions and for taking notes on is very helpful.

(Yep, I've cornered a vet or two with my clipboard full of questions before....:wink: )

alexischristina 03-18-2013 11:49 PM

Lol, that's a good idea. Might have to find myself a clipboard... We've got three horses on the property, so lots of little, non-issue things that pop up and then get forgotten, so I'll definitely have to think on those...

Like I said, in all my years of owning horses I've never had anybody get sick or have issues like this and I feel like the second the vet leaves I'll remember ten more things to ask.

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