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post #1 of 7 Old 02-12-2020, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Salmonella in horses?

So, saturday made a week since my old horse started getting sick. He went to the vet last tuesday, and found out he had sores on his tongue. I have been using the mouthwash he was prescribed, the day after he went to the vet he had diarrhea. It hasnt been normal since and the past 2-3 days he has barely touched his water, and I cant tell if he isnt pooping or of its so watery it's just being spread around and then the hay is absorbing it. I'm trying to figure out what it could be and I cant take him and run a bunch of blood tests to see of theres any organ failure or something. He has still be lethargic, he doesnt eat much hay but no fever or anything. Hes 28-29 and is still healing from his big accident last year. Has anyone dealt with horses that had these symptoms? Especially old horses? By looking stuff up I'm kinda worried it may be some sort of organ failure, hes dropped a LOT of weight the past few months but we thought it was because of the sores on his tongue from his teeth. But he also shows signs of salmonella so I'm not sure.

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Hope your horse has started doing better. You really should call the vet and let them know what is happening. Without fever most likely not salmonella as that is usually accompanied by one. Could be any number of things at his age.

I know the mouth wash came from the vet but could be he is sensitive to some ingredient.

My nephew decided to feed my dog listerine strips and we almost lost her. The runs were so bad and uncontrollable for about a week. She had to have iv to rehydrate even with us getting fluids into her.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-15-2020, 08:57 AM
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Either way sounds like he needs to be treated for dehydration asap - that alone can lead to all sorts of irreversible issues if enough damage done. More investigation needed. I'm sorry to hear its not yet resolved :<
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If he had salmonella he'd have a high fever an explosive diarrhea. If you can't tell if he's pooping or not, then you got a totally different problem.

If horse isn't drinking or eating at his age 28 or 29 ,could be he's shutting down organ wise. Nothing can be done if that's the case. Kindest thing at that point is pts.
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I know i was just hoping it was something treatable. He did drink a little and pooped some but it still isnt normal poop.

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He really needs to see a vet.

I very much doubt he has salmonella, in all my years working with horses I have only known a foal suffer from that.

There is no telling what might be going on inside him. It might well be a tumour of some sort, only a vet can tell.
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