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sick horse - vet coming a.m. - sad update R.I.P.

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  • sick horse - vet coming a.m. - sad update R.I.P.

    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, 07:01 PM. Reason: update
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  • #2
    ?Potomac Fever, ?Colitis. I would be headed for the horse hospital tonight.


    • #3
      Wow. No advice or experience, but major jingles! I, too, would be putting in an emergency vet call or taking the poor thing to the horsepital.
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      • #4
        Poisoning of some kind, with ringworm as an added insult? I would be off to the clinic as soon as I could...
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        • #5
          Someone 'returned' your friend's horse in that state???

          Jingles to this poor horse!
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          • #6
            Jingles & AO & head to the clinic tonight !

            First Jingles & AO ~

            Next I trust this horse is in isolation and not near any of her other horses ?!?

            Thirdly I don't wish to sound ? well pessimistic but

            I would load up and call the clinic on the way ~
            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


            • #7
              That poor boy



              • #8
                Lots of Jingles to your friends horse. Never heard of anything like that before. Poor boy and friend
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                • #9
                  Have your friend take a lot of photos of his condition, just in case the folks from whom she "just got him back" deny it. Make certain that the date is on the photos, too.

                  Other than that, please get him immediate help. Jingling like crazy for the poor horse. I pray that the Vet will be able to pull him through.
                  When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                  • Original Poster

                    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.
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                    • #11
                      Wow, this sounds extreme. Jingles. Hoping for an update.
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                      • #12
                        That sounds horrible. Jingles from NY.


                        • Original Poster

                          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.
                          stained glass groupie


                          • #14
                            How bizarre! Does he have a fever? Maybe it was hoary alyssum? If he has any sort of fever, I would be icing those hooves 24/7 for now. Glad he's feeling a little better and please keep us updated!
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                            • Original Poster

                              From what I understand - temps are normal, as is blood work.
                              Will keep updates coming as I get them.
                              stained glass groupie


                              • #16
                                Aw man, poor guy! Jingling for your friend's horse! Hang in there buddy!!
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                                • Original Poster

                                  R.I.P. Jerry

                                  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.
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                                  • #18
                                    My condolences.


                                    • #19
                                      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.
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                                      • #20
                                        So sorry.
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