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post #1 of 5 Old 12-14-2011, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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yearling with diarrhea

Cody, our yearling Morgan colt has had diarrhea for the last 3-4 days. It started out as just loose stools, but progressed to the point where yesterday he was squirting out pure liquid. He didn't seem sickly or lethargic at all, until this morning. I have been giving him electrolytes for the last 3 days to replace what he has lost, took a stool sample to the vet this morning and he has put him on antibiotics, which I gave him at 11 am and by 3 pm he was looking much better, and pooping (almost) normal poop The vet said he gets lots of cases like this at this time of year, and suspects it might be from eating frozen grass. So we have closed off the pasture while we wait for the results from the fecal exam, and we have enough antibiotics for 5 days. Has anyone had any experience with this? I was getting very worried for a while there.
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I'm surprised your vet isn't more concerned. Is he taking on fluids readily?

Is he on a regular worming program? Hopefully the vet will do a worm count in with the other tests they are running.

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Yes, he is drinking and eating normally, and was last wormed a few weeks ago. I asked for an egg count as I was planning on doing this anyway (I also brought a sample from my other horse Banjo, who is showing no signs so I don't think it is anything contagious). I am wondering about sand colic, though. The area all around their barn is sand, and they are fed hay on the floor of their stalls. Could he track in enough sand to cause this?
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Well Cody's diarrhea cleared up, but the vet found lots of eggs in both of their fecal samples and told me to worm again in a week. I was hoping to avoid overworming them, but I guess their pasture must be heavily contaminated (It had horses on it before, which were not well cared for- probably never wormed). We have another field which we were planning to fence in the spring, but now I think we should do it sooner). But is there anything I can do to improve that pasture? ie.- kill the eggs. I know they can live for years, and obviously already have, but if there is any solution I would rather not abandon that pasture altogether.
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