Hi everyone, I am brand new here but have been 'lurking' and reading for a while. The story so far: First time breeder and a maiden mare 5yo. Gave birth to a beautiful filly 3 weeks early from 'due date' - filly small but up and feeding quickly and passed first stools quickly. Filly's first week was textbook - vet came and checked placenta and all was normal, filly was feeding well, naturally curious and full of beans and life, was down on her hind hocks initially but straightened out as tendons got stronger within a coup,e of days. Day 8- foal sluggish, lethargic, hobbling with a limp in front offside. I called vet immediately, foal deteriorated during the day, not feeding much, shivering, limping. Vet did igG test - less than 400 so we gave immediate bag of plasma and started antibiotics via intramuscular injection twice a day. Yesterday, day 10, filly has a bit more life in her, limp is more pronounced, no injury visible to area, does not appear to be sensitive or cause pain to touch, slight swelling (barely noticeable). Blood tests came back confirming severe septicemia and vet added another antibiotic to the list. Filly's temp has come back down, no longer has a fever, now within normal range. Up and feeding more frequently but not as much as initially.
My questions are this: vet will not give indication of odd of survival - I can appreciate this but can anyone give some perspective here?? Feel like my heart is breaking while I watch my little girl struggle and fight.
If she survives will the limp etc (which we think is the localized septicemia) effect her performance later in life - she is very well bred from cutting and reining lines and had super potential?
I know there probably isn't anything else I can be doing but does anyone have some suggestions or wisdom??
Hi Nicole,I am so sorry to read your storyI don't know anything about yor problem so I can't help.I cant imagine having to go through somthing like that after waiting for 11 months.Hopefully you have found out something by now.I am on foal watch,just checking post's.I will be sending prayers and best wishes your way!
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