Just got this report on a friend's horse that was just returned to her - the vet has been called and is coming first thing in the morning. I was just wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms and what it was? TIA
Dramatic weight loss
Edema under his belly and hugely swollen sheath
Penis that is is bright red and ulcerated looking.
Severe diarrhea as of yesterday. All liquid. He is drinking a lot but not eating.
He dragged both his hind toes as he walked.
Mucus membranes of his mouth looked excessively bright pink/red and his breath smelled foul.
Ringworm all over him...
This certainly sounds serious to me, but just wanted to ask if anyone has had a similar experience. I repeat that the vet has been called and will be there first thing in the morning.
Last edited by eventgroupie2; Mar. 26, 2013 at 06:01 PM.
Vet was supposed to come first thing this morning. I have not yet gotten an update, and am also hoping that he will be ok. Thanks for all the good wishes for this poor horse. He is a sweet older QH. I will post again when I have information on his condition.
Vet was out this morning. Blood work she pulled a couple days ago is completely normal. She feels that something was toxic to him (in the soil possibly) of his previous pasture, and that since his immune system seems compromised, that it has set up these various reactions. He is still drinking a lot and is not terribly dehydrated (being monitored), grazed for a bit, and has been nibbling at his food. The swelling in his sheath has gone down some, the diarrhea is better, and he is less lethargic. Still not out of the woods, but at least better than last night. He is on two shots of penicillin a day, 3 doses of banimine, probiotics, and something to boost his immune system - not sure what. So for the time being, he seems stable and is receiving care.
Thanks for all your good wishes for this sweet boy- sure hope he makes it.
The horse was buried this mornng. He had been taken to the vet clinic a couple days ago after not improving on the meds, but they felt it best to put him down last night. I do not believe it is known what he had, but thought possible that he got into something toxic to him that just shut down his systems. He never did start eating much again, and still had the terrible diarrhea and swollen sheath.
Poor guy. I'm glad he's no longer suffering, but it's terrible that he had to go through that. I'm sorry for your friend, too, that this happened to her horse. Any chance she can go after the people who had him when this happened?
Farewell, sweet Jerry--you'll find many friends on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.