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alrees

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alrees says:

Mystery,scary illness

My lad has been ill since sunday, I first noticed when i brought him in and he was really quiet and off his food. After some light exercise he brightened up a bit so I turned him back out and he went off grazing.
On monday we went to get him in and he was laying down in the field, really quiet (lathargic) and sweating. So I got him up and walked him to the stable, where normally he would tuck straight in to the hay but he didn't touch his feed,hay or water.
so we just left him in over night, went up the next morning he was no better, looked like he hadnt eaten or drunken anything. His droppings were really loose too, you could clearly see he has lost weight and looks dull.
So we called the vet out, he took bloods and checked him over he has ruled out colic, stangles, grass sickness, he thinks it could be a nasty virus or infection, or an allergy. The vet said to rest him, try and get him to eat or drink something, he took bloods and gave him some pain relief.
We have been up three times today and no improvement, tried tipping water in to his mouth but he wasn't having any of it, vet is coming back out in the morning and if no better the vet says he might have to go in to be monitored and put on a drip :-(
Im really scared as he has never had anything like this before, he normally loves his food and seeing him not interested in it all, is really worrying.
Anyone been in a similar situation? any idea on what it could be?
Thanks xx

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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soniadevereux

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Re: Mystery,scary illness

ask the vet is you can syringe water into his mouth. I did this for Roobee when she had colic. It moistens their mouths and get a bit of liquid in. I was doing 5 syringes every 45 mins during the night! Put some apple juice in his water that may help too.  Has his teeth been checked? Ask the vet to check for unusual things too, How old is this horse( sorry i have a terrible memory!)  Please keep us posted. Good lick and fingers crossed for you and the horse. xxxx

Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself. ~Author Unknown

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Oh you must be so worried, I thik the worst of it is not knowing what it is and what to expect. I am sure he will be fine and will brighten up, if he does have to go in and go on a drip at least you know they will be looking after him and giving him what he needs to get strong again. Have they said when they can get the blood results back?

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Cocosmum - thank you I really hope he brightens up soon. I think its 4-6 days, it was taken 2 days ago so hopefully will know something by the weekend. Vet has been again this morning and said if no improvement he will have to go in this afternoon, luckily I got him to drink some water with electrolytes in it... didn't have a lot but its something. He is still off his food and looks really dozey :-(
 

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Oh bless him, its a good sign that you got him to drink something though, even better that it had some electrolytes in it. Wow 4 -6 days thats a long time to wait, especially when you are so worried. 

I really feel for you, not had anything like this before but I know what its like to see your babay struggle and not knowing what is going on or how to help them. 

Keep us posted and try not to worry, hes had something to drink and that is a step in the right direction.   x

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

I really hope they manage to sort him out for you - it's awful when you don;t know why.  MY friend's mare was in hospital in December for EAM and had the drip and what have you - she was really good with it - it allowed her to move around and lie down - incredible. I'd imagined her being suspended from the ceiling or something (I know - I'm daft!)  but it was reassuring to see her and to see how well she was looked after and how welcome my friend was - she practically stayed there over the first few days.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that if he needs to go in, it'll probably not be as bad as you're thinking.  x

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alrees

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alrees says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Thank you all, so kind. Vet has been again and we were going to move him to the hospital but its a long journey and the vet didnt want to stress him out so he has now been put on a drip in the stable, luckily our vet lives really close by and is good friends of ours so pops in to see him. He is now on the drip and has started eating some mashed up apple with some electrolytes in it, not alot but at least its something.
We are hoping to have blood results tomorrow, vet thinks it will take a while for him to recover from this :-( he has lost a lot of weight and condition.
Poor lad...I was so relieved when he licked up some apple!!

~Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~ ~Never judge a horse by its past,always look at what it can do for you in the future~

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soniadevereux

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Re: Mystery,scary illness

i am so sorry that your boy is ill. Its good to know that your vet is close by and is willing to pop in. Keep us posted. Hopefully the drip will help a little bit. xx

Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself. ~Author Unknown

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Good to hear he's eating a bit of apple, and I expect the drip will be helping too - it 's such a worry when you don't know what the problem is, so I hope the bloods show something that can explain it all.

Keep us posted, hugs for you and your boy xx

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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Alphabay

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Alphabay says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Poor boy! Hope he is feeling much better soon, please keep us posted on how he is doing. x

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Cobsandshire

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Cobsandshire says:

Re: Mystery,scary illness

Oh no, how terrifying for you both!  Your vet sounds lovely though, and you're doing everything you can.  Sending healing thoughts your way!

 

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