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How long to get blood test results back? UPDATE: She's IR.

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  • How long to get blood test results back? UPDATE: She's IR.

    I had blood pulled on my mare to test her thyroid and to see if she has Equine Metabolic Disorder.

    It's been almost two weeks now with no results, and the vet is now gone till Tuesday. Meaning I won't get results until then at the earliest... making it 2.5 weeks.

    I'm a little annoyed! It's a simple blood test, why is it taking forever?!

    How long does it typically take to get results back on blood tests, specifically for thyroid/EMS and just in general?

    UPDATE: Got the results back. Miss Maresie is IR.
    Last edited by sublimequine; Jul. 3, 2012, 02:17 PM.
    Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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    Take a deep breath. I know you are anxious about the news.

    2-2.5 weeks is about standard in my experience. Unless the results were expidited. If you have concerns about the horse being in crisis, you could (should) already be taking necessary precautions, and the blood results aren't going to be any miraculous game changer.

    Jingles for the numbers being manageable. Adjusting to a EMS horse can be stressful.
    Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans

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      #3
      Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
      Take a deep breath. I know you are anxious about the news.

      2-2.5 weeks is about standard in my experience. Unless the results were expidited. If you have concerns about the horse being in crisis, you could (should) already be taking necessary precautions, and the blood results aren't going to be any miraculous game changer.

      Jingles for the numbers being manageable. Adjusting to a EMS horse can be stressful.
      Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it. Luckily I'm not facing anything catastrophic with her at the moment; no founder, nothing like that. She doesn't exhibit any of the more obvious symptoms of EMS, just that over the past few years she's gone from moderate keeper, requiring occasional grain/oil to keep her weight, to ridiculously easy keeper who was a blimp on grass alone.

      I have moved her to a scrubby pasture, and I'm changing barns in a few weeks to one with stalls and a dry lot at my disposal.
      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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        When I found out my gelding was IR, I was a little suprised. We were testing two other horses, and the vet says "we'd might as well do this one too" and he came back both low thyroid and IR. That was 4 years ago I think.

        It sneaks up on you. At least we found out before it became a problem. With EMS, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. When I think back on all the obese, cresty horses I've known in my life... Just think how many could have been managed to live sounder, healthier lives.
        Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans

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          Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
          When I found out my gelding was IR, I was a little suprised. We were testing two other horses, and the vet says "we'd might as well do this one too" and he came back both low thyroid and IR. That was 4 years ago I think.

          It sneaks up on you. At least we found out before it became a problem. With EMS, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. When I think back on all the obese, cresty horses I've known in my life... Just think how many could have been managed to live sounder, healthier lives.
          This is why I opted for the test, definitely!
          Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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            We've ran these tests for my IR horse several times and I can't remember it taking more than a couple of days to get the results. I'd have the initial results of the basic blood panel usually the next day if the blood got sent in the day drawn, then insulin and ACTH took longer, but sure don't remember more than a few days.

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              I ran these tests on my gelding this Spring and it took forEVER. Largely because of poor communication from my vet. Apparently they won't send out the blood until they have several vials because of the shipping cost, so his blood sat for two weeks before I even knew this. I paid a premium to get the blood out and it went out I had results in 3 days.

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                #8
                Finally got some answers today. Assistant was able to read the results, but not much more than that. So vet is supposed to call me and tell me what I'm needing to do as soon as she can.

                Anyways, mare is "mildly insulin resistant", but no thyroid issues. So I'm assuming the game plan will be reducing/eliminating sugars from the diet and reducing her feed intake. We're moving barns where she'll be in a paddock with minimal grass, and no more round bales in winter. I also assume I will need to remove all sugary treats from her diet.

                Little overwhelmed right now but that's ok! Luckily we're going through a drought right now so NO pasture is looking very good.
                Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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                  You'll do fine. My horse is "mildly" IR but with low thyroid. We've managed him pretty easily for 4 years, brought his numbers down and the only ill effects we've had is one brief abcess.
                  Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans

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                    Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
                    You'll do fine. My horse is "mildly" IR but with low thyroid. We've managed him pretty easily for 4 years, brought his numbers down and the only ill effects we've had is one brief abcess.
                    No abscesses but maresie is known to have pretty crappy feet. I wonder if they will improve once the IR is addressed?
                    Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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