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    Very sick pony, need thoughts -?? and jingles

    A friend of mine called me last night bawling because her beloved pony is quite sick and vet is unable to determine why. He would like her to take pony to the OSU vet school for further diagnostics.

    Here's what I know:

    May 23, pony comes in from daily turnout and is drooling quite heavily. Apparently drool is rather mucous-y. Vet comes out, finds a number of ulcers in the mouth and under the tongue. Does blood work. ALL blood cells are down - red, white, and platelets. Pony won't eat either. Owner instructed to rinse with saline/chlorhexadine solution.

    May 26, another blood draw - all blood counts are lower still. Mouth is healing, pony eating grass (hand grazing only by owner). Owner has bought a bag of senior feed to entice pony to eat - which she does.

    May 31, another blood draw - and all values continue to decline. Platelets are at 45. Pony is eating senior mixed with hay pellets, mouth is better, and she is running around arena and acting like nothing is wrong.

    Apparently, she has never shown illness this whole time. There is no fever. Aside from the drooling and not eating, no indication of illness.

    This is my friends first horse (pony) and she is beside herself what to do or what might be wrong. Friend is well educated medically and is thinking these blood values indicate some kind of cancer.

    Anybody have any ideas what might be going on? None of the other horses on this pasture have been sick or otherwise exhibited any symptoms.

    My advice to her was to take her to OSU and to set parameters as to how far she's willing to go. Get some different eyes on it, find out what exactly is wrong, and go from there.

    ????????????

    #2
    Yes ~ to clinic . more professional eyes to observe & 'brain storm' ~ don't delay !

    Jingle Jingle Jingle & AO ~ AO ~ AO ~Always Optimistic ~

    ((hugs)) laced with strength and patience for the owner ~

    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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      #3
      Is there buttercup or some other toxic plant in the pasture?

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        #4
        Jingles for the pony.

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          #5
          Ruled out vesticular stomatitis?

          Buttercups is a good thought.
          ______________________________
          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET

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            #6
            All I am aware of is that the pasture was recently sprayed. Owner said "fertilized" but I've never known the BO to do that, only to spray for weeds. BO is also pretty on top of noxious weeds.

            I am waiting to hear from friend after she talks with vet today.

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              #7
              Awns?

              http://www.rockymountainrider.com/ar...wn_Grasses.htm

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                #8
                What did they spray with?
                "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple Barry Switzer

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                  #9
                  interesting........ I passed this on to the owner. thanks.

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                    #10
                    Any serum chemistry run, or just the CBC?
                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                      #11
                      I will check and get back to you.....is there a specific value you're asking about?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post
                        I will check and get back to you.....is there a specific value you're asking about?
                        Just curious if there were abnormalities in any of those values. It might help with narrowing the possibilities.
                        "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                        ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                          #13
                          Has the vet consulted with the University by phone? At a minimum, I'd start with that. They may be able to review what you've done already and suggest things to consider, or other tests to run, before you actually ship the horse.

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