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horsechick_88 09-12-2007 01:54 PM

Unknown Sickness... any thoughts??
 
First of all I would like to say Hi and thanks for taking the time to read...

I'm in college and had to leave my horse at home. When i went home a week ago (Sept. 3rd) I noticed my horse acting strange-didnt eat his grain, wasn't acting like his usual hungry self. Generally we assumed colic so we put him in a nearby pasture ( i board my horse) to keep an eye out. By the next day we realized it wasn't colic and seemed to be some kind of virus. The vet found a somewhat high temp and gave him some meds, pulled bloodwork and found it was viral. To speed ahead a little, he didn't ever get rid of the fever and stopped drinking so I got a call on the 8th saying that my parents were bringing him up to the vet school. (conveniently the NC State vet school 5 minutes from my dorm). By this point he was wobbly on his feet and started stumbling a little, as well as grinding his teeth. (signs of laminitis). They did ultrasounds to check for ulcers and packed his feet (radiology wasn't available until the next day). The x-rays found nothing, including no laminitis or founder. Next step- nervous system. They did a check yesterday and found no problems there. So now we are having to do research to find out what this could be... have any of you had a similar unexplained experience of this kind???? Any ideas or suggestions would be MUCH appreciated!

meggymoo 09-12-2007 03:14 PM

:? Sorry I've not experienced anything like that, hopefully some of the other members will have.

I genuinely hope he gets better soon. Keep us posted wont you.

jwhisperj 09-12-2007 07:06 PM

I had a mare who got very sick.
I went to feed in the morning and she was standing off, covered in sweat, ears drooping, staggering, and looked weird. I called the vet and he said it probably wasn't as bad as I was making it out to be. I made him come anyway. Long story short. She had a temp, her heart rate was very high. I asked him to check the field for anything she could have eaten and he said there was nothing. HA!!
I drove her to my moms house and we picked every unidentified plant in the field. took it to the local weed control and they told me I had lupine. Which is highly toxic and addictive to livestock. I causes neurological problems and can lead to permanent brain and nervous system disorders. She made it thank god. we picked and sprayed every lupine plant I could find.

Point is did you check your pasture?? my vet was clueless, he did blood work and everything. I am not saying that is it but it is a possibility.
I sure hope you find out what the problem is and please keep us updated!!

Xanadu 09-12-2007 08:45 PM

Great idea, whisper

jwhisperj 09-12-2007 08:47 PM

I sure hope it helps!! It would be great if it was something that simple!

horsechick_88 09-13-2007 11:13 AM

Yea, they checked the pastures...

They found from the blood work that it was something viral and his white cell count in elevated so he has infection somewhere, it's just a matter of where...

Mom called today and said they needed a release for $2000 more in (some kind of) procedures. My parents are not horse people, so we may end up bringing him home with some antibiotics and hoping it solves itself... this is a pretty bad morning for me :-(

nurse_in_boots 09-13-2007 11:46 AM

If it is viral antibiotics are useless - they only work for bacterial infections. The only thing that came to my mind was some kind of metabolic issue, did they do a blood workup? How old is the horse and what breed?

horsechick_88 09-13-2007 11:49 AM

Im sorry, after re reading that it was worded wrong...

I know that the first vet found that it was something viral a week and a half ago, according to the current blood tests it isn't. It's bacterial and he's not contagious, which is another reason he may be able to come home.

He is an 11yo Appaloosa Gelding

nurse_in_boots 09-13-2007 11:56 AM

Did they say what organism it was, or is that the testing they wanted to do? Sorry but I am a microbiology nerd! Sounds like it might be EPM, but I dunno. You can google EPM + Horse and get alot of good info on that. Good luck, I'll be thinking good thoughts you and your horse.

horsechick_88 09-13-2007 12:08 PM

Thats ok! ...im kindof a nerd myself 8)

I'm kindof working through my mom here so you'll have to excuse the dalays and lack of info lol... I just talked to her and a vet student (lower on the totem pole) said they couldn't guarantee he was 100% not contagious. They didn't say exactly what the organism was.. it may be that the results are not back yet for that, but I did tell her to ask if they considered EPM. The (actual, non-student) vet is going to call later and discuss some options, so I'll know more then.

thanks so much for the support guys :)


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