Hard belly-Do I need to panic and call the vet? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 01-12-2020, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hard belly-Do I need to panic and call the vet?

Around 1 year old filly, this morning she was laying down flat out taking a death nap but not rolling. Her belly is hard and somewhat distended. She seems uncomfortable when I poke it and is not as energetic as usual. Her stomach does make noise but I haven't noticed her poop today. She has recently moved from boarding to my house. There was some old, well-trampled alfalfa that my goats had been sleeping in in the pen that she may have gotten into, but it doesn't look like anyone has been eating it and the piggy pony gelding who lives with her is fine. Do I need to go ahead and annoy the vet or can it wait until morning? Can I do anything in the meantime?She has clean fresh water and hasn't had grain since this morning. Free access to a round bale of coastal hay. Am I panicking unreasonably? She also has a small umbilical hernia that is scheduled to be fixed the end of this month.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-12-2020, 11:25 PM
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Have you tried to get her up to see if she will move around? have you tried to offer her a treat, to see if she has appetite? you're sure she has not pooped ALL day? That would be of real concern to me.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-13-2020, 12:38 AM
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Is she eating at the round bale periodically?

Is she drinking?

When she is not laying down is she moving about freely or more inclined to stand in one place looking depressed? (Other than when she's standing at the bale of hay)

Is she kicking or looking at her belly or stomping a hind leg?

Have you checked her temperature, respiratory & heart rate?

Are her gums nice and pink and have good capillary refill time?

The answers to those questions depends on if you should call the vet. Your concerns of laying down flat out...yearlings sleep a lot, distended belly...hay belly or possibly needs wormed and sensitive to touch...not used to being poked and prodded so moving away from pressure are not necessarily things to panic over.

Fingers crossed it's not serious but give an update when you can, please.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-14-2020, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently I was panicking unreasonably, she was fine the next morning!
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