update post #112 Laminitis woes/vaccine reaction
I have a pregnant mare who was given a vaccine in January to which she had a violent reaction that has resulted in laminitis. This has been a really rough go of it. She was stable until 2 days ago when she has spiked a bounding pulse again, but my question is posed looking ahead to the future for when she might be stable.
She has lost weight which for a pregnant mare battling laminitis, this is both a blessing and a curse.
She's at month 7, specifically day 214. Her "due" date of day 340 is June 25, but quite frankly, the prognosis surrounding a successful "to term" live-birth foaling is very, very guarded.
Right now, I am battling for her life. But should we actually get to a guardedly optimistic outlook, and *if* she is still in foal by May 1st, then I will be looking to increase her protein without using soy (she has proven reactive to soy) and without increasing the sugar. I am wondering about alfalfa pellets.
According to Equi-Analytical Laboratories between the years 2000-2012 inclusive, the average test results of alfalfa pellets was:
Simple Sugars (ESC) 6.178
Nonstructural Carbs (NSC) 10.160
I am wondering if I soak the pellets, then rinse them under hot water whether that would be effective to lower the simple sugars and non-structural carbs even more? Has anyone tried this?
While I realize the ESC and NSC seems to be "low" she in fact reacts to anything with an ESC >4 and NSC >9, so I'm looking to lowest values possible.
(And for those wondering, if she survives this, she will never be bred again). She is my special baby doll.