August 29, 2011 11:50
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August 25, 2011 08:29
Q: “Dolly, quarter horse mare, age 17, teeth & wormer up to date. She had access to fresh water, salt, mineral and large round mixed grass hay and combined barley straw which was supplemented with alfalfa hay when temperatures went below minus 20. Feed was consistently offered in 4 different locations. She had 2 pasture mates in 5 acres one winter, and then last winter she had 7 pasture mates in 35 acres. Both herd dynamic was calm and stable, no visible fighting, bite marks etc. She started to have weight fluctuations during the past 2 winters. Every 3 weeks she would noticeably drop weight even though she seemed to be consistent in her eating habits and volume. The weight drop was followed by another 3 weeks that saw her weight fluctuate back up. This past winter each weight drop was not quite made up fully before it fluctuated down again. I moved her out with another mare, feed them very good quality alfalfa feed in addition to mixed grass (free choice) but still saw the fluctuation. She bloomed on the spring grass and has looked good all summer. What is causing this weight fluctuation?
A: Gastric ulcers sure can cause a fluctuating weight loss situation in an other wise healthy animal. Sometimes winter stress is enough of a precipitator to make a horse that is prone to ulcers get ulcers. The best diagnostic means is by gastric ultrasound which can visualize the stomach and oesophagus and measure treatment success. Treatment is best done by alleviating stress and use of H+ ion blockers of which a number of very good products are available i.e. Gastroguard.
August 18, 2011 07:24
Interesting Case # 5 August 17, 2011
8 year old gelding reacted to IV injection of zylazine/torbogesic. He hived up immediately. He was then given epinephrine IM and sweated profusely for 30-40 minutes, and acted aggressively (normal behaviour is very calm) when placed with his long term penmate, a mare. Photo’s begin approximately 1-2 minutes after sedation was administered, end approximately 40 minutes later.
August 18, 2011 07:17
Q: My horse fell onto his knees last night in the crossties. Although he appears ok I'm concerned. Should I be calling my Vet to look at him?
A: Monitor for swelling and heat on the knees or any soundness issues. If there is any pain or swelling or cuts at all I’d get him checked out.
Sometimes the simplest of wounds or scrapes can lead to a more complicated situation. (refer to Interesting Case # 4) . Trust your judgement and monitor him closely for the next few days.
August 14, 2011 18:21
Interesting Case #5 August 11, 2011...this is a 26 year old mare that scraped it’s hock which became greatly infected with a Strep sp. . The mare was kept on antibiotics for two weeks with lavage and surgical drainage but finally couldn’t stand and was euthanized.