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Septic foal-now lethargic-help

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Katie Clark
Neonate
Username: Derbylyn

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 12:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had a colt born last Wednesday (6/11). Everything went well, I gave him some penicillin when he was born, dipped his navel-everything by the book. But he just was NQR.

Thursday, he was a little slow and had some diarhea.

Friday his front right elbow was swollen. Definately septic. I have the vet out that I do not care for b/c he is the only one on call. He gives me gentomiacin to give him. The colt is on 3cc penn., 2cc gen. 2x day.

Saturday he was spunky, no swelling, looked great.

Sunday his hind ankle is swollen-he is still on antibiotics.

Monday he gets an IV Cath to give him fluids. Vet draws blood for another IgG. I did the first IgG-I don't care for the kind I got. 1 line=adequate, 2 lines= inadequate (kind of like a prego test). It doesn't give numbers.

Tuesday his IgG is low. I IV IgG serum to him. It seems to perk him up some.

Wednesday after his morning Penn. shot he got really wobbly and lethargic. Penn reaction? Or is he having a reaction to moms milk? He is having a hard time nursing, not nursing alot. I gave him more fluids today also. He is still very lethargic. After the penn. shot he fell down. His heart rate got slow and had labored breathing. I gave him a shot of epinephrin-figured I couldn't kill him, and it actually helped some.
 

Jan Owen
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 1738
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WOW Katie..what a scary thing to be going throught. Sounds like there is something definetly not okay with this little guy. Is it possible to get the little guy to an Equine Hopsital to get him thouroughly evaluated? I will say a little prayer for your little one.
 

Jos
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 2039
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Call the vet immediately and have the foal evaluated.
 

Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 477
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie: Wow! You sound like you have a major issue going on. I'm with everyone else, get him to a vet ASAP.
 

Tracy Smith
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 1320
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 04:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, this foal needs immediate attention, call your vet.
 

Katie Clark
Neonate
Username: Derbylyn

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 04:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He has been recieving medical attention. Unfortunately (but maybe for the better) I am switching vets in the middle of this. He just recieved his plasma and then got up and nursed.
 

Jonathan Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Kynwatch

Post Number: 161
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 04:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie

Call the vet and get him to a hospital! He is going to need more attention than you will be able to provide. They can give antibiotics there that you cannot.
 

Tracy Smith
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Tracys

Post Number: 1323
Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 12:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie, your first post stated that the vet came out and gave him plasma but AFTER that he was having problems nursing and fell down with labored breathing after a PCN shot. The vet needs to come out AGAIN. This foal should be in an equine hospital ASAP.
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 612
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 03:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie, I am a novice, so all I can do is offer my support. The folks on this board know what they are doing. Their advice can't be beat. Hope you are able to get him into a hospital, as they are suggesting.

Please keep us posted and sorry you are having such a time with this little fella. My thoughts are with you.
 

Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 487
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 02:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie: Keep us posted. It sure doesn't hurt to get another vet involved if you're feeling like your treatment plan "isn't jiving" with your gut feeling.

Jonathan: Wow...so here's where you've been "hanging out"...little mouse in the corner speaks to us! Just because your foaling time has passed doesn't mean we don't still need you and Tim's expert advice, cool calm humor, or just general DUHH support. Nice to hear from you!
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 622
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ditto Bobbi! I was thinkin the same thing!
 

Jonathan Smith
Breeding Stock
Username: Kynwatch

Post Number: 162
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bobbi and Cj

Sorry, been a litle busy!!

Everyone has been answering the questions so well I haven't felt the need to jump in. Hope everyone is doing well!!
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 624
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 01:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Katie, how is your foal???? Please let us know, good or bad.
 

Marilyn Lemke - Dora due 7/31/08
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Marilyn_l

Post Number: 1566
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 03:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Jonathan, it's nice to see you posting!

Katie, I'm hoping your foal is doing better, plese post and let us know.
 

Bobbi Govro
Breeding Stock
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 496
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 01:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its a comfort to us all to know you're still here Jonathan.

Katie: We haven't heard from you and we're all so worried. Please know our thoughts are with you.



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