I'm hoping Cothers can give me some positive accounts. My horse that I have owned since she was a baby went into the hospital Monday night and had 7 feet removed from her small intestine which was strangled by a rent in her omentum.
She is doing well now and should come home tomorrow.
Her baby checked fine before and after surgery and she is now on regumate. I just need some positive stories because this has been horribly stressful. Thanks in advance.
I had a client who's mare had to have colic surgery when she was about 9 months pregnant. I know she was extremely stressed out because the foal & the mare were already sold.
But a few months after surgery mom delivered a healthy filly with no complications.
Jingle for a speedy recovery for mom & a healthy foal!!!
A lady that boarded at the same barn as me had this happen to her mare when the mare was 5 months pregnant. Both mare and foal turned out fine. In their case it was especially funny/interesting because they didn't know the mare was in foal until 2 months after the surgery when the mare wouldn't lose weight. You would think they'd have noticed she was pregnant while they were doing surgery but they didn't.
Thanks so much! So far so good. Mom feels great and she was reultrasounded on Friday and baby still has a strong heartbeat. Mom is really tough mare so I'm hoping that baby has gotten some of that. The baby was at 105 days when this happened.
I've been an anesthesia tech for one or another of the equine hospitals in Lexington for over 10 yrs. We do colic surgery routinely on preggo mares. Honestly, the pregnancy is very rarely a post-op concern. Keep going with the Regu-mate for now, but baby should come through with flying colors!
Jingles for Momma (I know you still have a few fingers crossed right now), and especially for you! Sometimes, I think the entire experience is worse for the humans than it is for the ponies!
If I can help answer any questions, feel free to PM me. I know I don't know your exact circumstances (and I am not questioning your veterinary care at all), but sometimes it can be easier to not bother those more involved.
Jingles for your mare. I know of an older broodmare last year who had TWO colic surgeries, pulled through and had a very healthy foal. She has since been retired since she was older, so it certainly can be done without an issue to the baby.
Thank you so much for these stories. I feel a bit better each day. Hony is happily at home and is acting like nothing happened.
I think she was more concerned that the vets were going to starve her to death than anything lol.
My 6 yo maiden broodmare, who is at 7 months gestation, colicked today. She was in really bad shape and my vet sent her to New Bolton, as she could not get my mare comfortable. The foal was fine and active via ultrasound, and they determined that she had a problem with her small intestine.
I went ahead and told them to do the surgery, and if there was dead bowel, to put her down on the table. The vets found a small intestine volvulus and were able to correct it without doing a resection. The mare and foal survived the surgery and they have put her on Lidocaine, Regumate, Banamine, IV fluids and are worried about reflux.
I don't understand the reflux part and I was hoping you all could educate me. I didn't know what to do when faced with the choice of surgery or putting her down. I opted for surgery, even though I can't really afford it at this time. Is reflux a common problem post op and is it more common in pregnant mares? Or did reflux cause the colic?
Any info or suggestions would be welcome. This mare is a really sweet TB mare and I just want to do right by her. Thank you very much for your help.
Zuri, reflux is a symptom of colic, not a cause. If there is reflux when a gastric tube is placed, it indicates the stomach contents are not moving properly through the intestine most likely due to a twist or blockage. In your case, the volvulus was creating the back-up.
If your mare continues to reflux post surgery it means that proper motility hasn't been restored in her intestine. it's a common concern for post op colics, pregnant or not.