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sherie 05-12-2011 10:42 AM

Urgent help needed for rescue horse
 
We found an ematiated little horse Sun pm and took him home. We contacted PEARL rescue and a very nice lady came out. She indicated that he was a -1 on the H? scale and called AC. He was given only a 30% chance of making it and she indicated he was the wrost she has seen. We we warned about "refeeding syndrome" and she gave us feeding instructions which were to give him soaked Alpha(sp) cubes at least 3 times daily and told us to start a worming procedure on Tuesday using double dose safegard.
He has a Vet appt this pm but will not be able to get vaccines as he is in to bad of shape.

*****Urgent advice needed**** He ate very little last night and would not eat breakfast this am
WE ARE SCARED TO DEATH AND DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. Called the rescue lady and she said to give him some pepto that he may have ulcer.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS NORMAL IN A STARVED HORSE. I AM AFRAID IT IS A BAD SIGN. HE DOES HAVE SOME LOOSE POOP WHICH STARTED AFTER THE WORMING BUT THE RESCUE LADY WAS NOT WORRIED AS THIS WAS EXPECTED.

VET APPT IS NOT UNTIL LATE PM AND WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A R/C BACK FROM THEM YET. IF NEED BE I COULD GO HOME AT LUNCH TO GIVE HIM MEDS.

SHOULD WE GIVE HIM THE PEPTO?
COULD IT BE START OF COLIC?
ANYONE HAVE THIS HAPPEN - IS A SYMPTOM OF REFEEDING SYNDROME
I AM SO AFRAID HE IS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT...

ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED.

Speed Racer 05-12-2011 10:47 AM

If he's a -1 on the HC, I'm sorry, but he's probably not going to make it. At that point, his body is shutting down and the organs are probably past the point of no return.

I'm surprised a horse at that body score could even stand up. At a -1, he wouldn't have the strength to do anything except lie down.

Has he urinated? If so, what does his urine look like? Is it a deep yellow/orange and does it stink? If that's the case, then his kidneys have started to shut down, and he's in renal failure. Not even a vet can help him at that point, and it'd be kinder to put him down.

Alwaysbehind 05-12-2011 10:49 AM

I would call the vet and see if they can come out sooner.

I have to agree with SR. If he is -1 (are there even minus numbers) his body has probably already started shutting down.

Have you tried other food items? Maybe he simply does not like soaked cubes.

sherie 05-12-2011 10:56 AM

rescue horse
 
We asked the Rescue lady if he should be put down when she was out Monday. We sure did not want him to suffer but she said he was not in pain and had a chance, although not a good one. We will certainly have him put down this afternoon if need be.

He has been eating the soaked cubes since Sun pm and very happy to get them. He is a talker and talks up a storm when he sees you comming with food. He has eaten all his soup each time until his last pm feeding last night. He was eating when it was first put out but most of it was still there this am and he would not touch his breakfast. He was alert and interested in what the other horses were getting but did not eat any of his food

He is very weak ( AC took video which was described as dramatic) but able to walk and is not down.. or was not this am

Speed Racer 05-12-2011 10:58 AM

I'm sorry you're going through this, and I hope whoever abandoned him gets what's coming to them! :-x

sherie 05-12-2011 11:03 AM

poor rescue
 
Vet office r/c - Sec says no on available to get out sooner .......I wonder if its because they think its a lost cause

PLEASE......any suggestions? Should I go home and give him pepto? I also have med for colic banamine but afraid to give him any

corinowalk 05-12-2011 11:07 AM

Does he seem in pain or just really lethargic? If he were in pain, I would probably give him the banamine. Mostly because if he is a lost cause, you would hate for him to be waiting for the vet in pain. If he is just lethargic and not eating, maybe try to find him something more appetizing?

If he doesn't have company, maybe he needs some. If he is stalled, try to get him a calm buddy in next to him.

Take deep breaths and try to stay calm. Since he has been dewormed very recently and may have had a huge load of worms...that can really tear their little bellies up trying to unload all the dead worms.

If he is a -1 and still standing, he is a fighter and isn't giving up without a fight. Have faith.

Alwaysbehind 05-12-2011 11:10 AM

If the vet is coming this afternoon that is not that far away. If his only symptom is he is not eating I am guessing just waiting for the vet is the best thing you can do.

Banamine can really irritate stomach ulcers.

corinowalk 05-12-2011 11:14 AM

Since you just started with the heavy dewormer on tuesday and he started showing symptoms this morning, I would say he is probably having some colic type issues going on because of a heavy worm load.

sherie 05-12-2011 11:15 AM

rescue stopped eating
 
Thank you so much for some hope....

He did not seem to be in pain. Head up not down, fairly unstable but able to walk around in stall, other horses in nearby paddock for company

Vet told us to give him equimax to worm him tuesday but we were afraid( that kills everything) so checked with rescue lady. she said no way he could take that. we are doing something similar to a power pac by using double dose safegaurd x 5 days


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