Belle did not poop last night, so I am going to call the vet. I don't think she will be able to come today though. She said that if Belle does not poop she is going to have to give her some fluids. Belle is acting better then she was. She has been walking around more and not laying down so much. I will put molasses and vinegar I her water and see if that helps. Belle loves molasses, what horse doesn't? Thanks again for all the support! Y'all are so nice and helpful!!!!
Post by donna12345 on Mar 27, 2015 20:22:14 GMT -5
Some times with the older ones recovery takes awhile. And it is not recovery back to the prior point. You need to deal with this situation as if this is the way it will be. Get her to gentle exercise, walk to stimulate her body. Eat to stimulate her body, the same with fluids.Hopefully the vet will be the answer. Maybe change in seasons and young grass. (We still have snow)is the downing at the moment. She is a project you will need to focus on. All are supporting you!
Do you have a trailer? Every time my pony colics the vet comes and loads him up with fluids, and I put him in the trailer and go for a half an hour drive down our bumpy country roads. When I get back and let him out there are enormous poops in the trailer.
Yes I have a trailer, but Belle does not want to walk at all she is to week she walks a couple steps then collapses. The vet came and gave her Banimine (I don't know if that's how you spell it), fluids, and something else but I don't know what it is called. Belle has really gone down hill since yesterday. The vet thinks she is going t be okay, thankfully. Poor girl I feel so bad for her! Thanks guys! I put the stuff in her water but she does not want to drink or eat. The vet wants me to feed her a senior feed mash with molasses. She wants me to give her Banimine every 12 hours also.
Oh I am so sorry.... that being said, given what you've told us, and the fact that she now can't walk more than a few steps without collapsing, I'm very much afraid your vet is blowing fairy dust up your left nostril........ Has the vet even given you a diagnosis of what he considers to be the problem?
You really need to begin seriously thinking about quality vs quantity of life I'm afraid.
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Post by donna12345 on Mar 28, 2015 18:54:30 GMT -5
Yes you need question what vet is thinking? is it just $$$ she could be collapsing due to dehydration. Have you checked gums and pinched skin. Does vet find her hydrated? A mash is very good. Don't over due it .small amount of quality is good. Is temp norm? Wish we knew what vet was thinking .HOPE YOUR WAY!!!!
Her temp is normal and the vet does think she is dehydrated, so we gave her fluids and we are trying to give her lots of water. She did tell me what she has but I cant remember what it is called (it was very long) . We are thinking about putting her down, but she seems to be doing better to day. She is walking around more and eating grass. She drank a little bit of water last night, but there is still no poop. I hate to see her go, but if that is what has to be done I will do it. I hate to see her suffer. Thanks again for everything. The vet also says that her stomach is coming up through her nose, like she can smell it. I don't really know what that means, but the vet is trying to find some tubing small enough for her then she is going to come back and try to fix that problem.
How many days since she popped last? Does she pee? What does her breathe smell like? Is she getting wider from the lack of pooping? We had to put our 19 year old qh down a few years ago, he had an ulcer in his bowels that was draining the contents of his guts out. He didn't poop or pee for 24 hours, he was getting distended, he was trying to lay down from the pain. His breathe smelled rotten. One of our thoroughbreds rolled just right, his gut and spleen traded places. Vet bled him so his spleen would shrink, loaded him up on fluids, and told us to load him in the trailer and go down the bumpiest roads for hours. It worked, she got the spleen and the guts to go back where they belong.
Belle does pee, but she has not pooped in a couple of days that I know of. There is a possibility that she has pooped in the pasture, but I have not seen any. Her breath smells bad. The vet is going to come back and look in a couple days if she does not poop. She is acting a lot better today, and she is walking much more. She has been eating all of her food and drinking a little water.
Post by donna12345 on Mar 30, 2015 19:32:31 GMT -5
Ennama, don't know why I didn't bring this to mind. Every once in a foal we need to use one. Just a people one, mild, from drug store. Ask vet Are you mashing? I hope she has pooped in field. Has vet done epsom salts? How are you holding up? Brushing mare will help you both. Keep us informed.
Sorry I have not said anything, I have been really busy. Belle still has not pooped in her stall. She is eating half of her feed (She gets 2 handfuls). I will ask my vet about the Ennama. I am mashing her food every day. She is being much more active so I am guessing she is pooping somewhere I have not looked. Yes there is a large animal hospital near me. The vet is probably going to come look at her soon. She is still skinny though. I hate to put her down if there is something I can do, so the vet is going to come look at her again and I she says it needs to be done I will do it. Thanks again everybody!
I'd have a different vet (read: one that routinely works on horses) come out...
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Just to be clear .giving a mash is not mashing her food. It would consists of bran and laxitive induccing grains/mix little beet pulp, a little sweat feed with a little extra molasses,an egg, bits of apple, little apple sauce, and warm water to make it very moist. Bran is key. She should be having results with this. She is a mini so it should not be much . Like you said she only gets a handfull.you don't want another problem to develope. Could all be she had you worried due to green grass coming. Sounds like she is a trooper.
Please keep us informed. It helps us to be concerned about others. Our problems are easier when we can focus on supporting others. Advice works both ways.Makes everyone more impowered, more capable to go forward and raise these critters.It gives you surety in what you are doing when you have ideas from others walking the same path. Hoping all well!
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