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Septic foal

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Nicole Hoffmann
Neonate
Username: Aussiegirl

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2011
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 04:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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??

Thanks

Vet will not give us odds of survival
 

Michelle R Hamilton
Weanling
Username: Michelleh

Post Number: 41
Registered: 10-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Nicole,I am so sorry to read your story:-(I 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!
 

Cheryl Johnson
Neonate
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 8
Registered: 04-2011
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I can only assume that by now this issue has been resolved, one way or another. I hope the outcome was positive.

I never understand why vets don't automatically test the IgG within 24 hours of birth. I have forgotten what the ideal time is. Seems like after 12 hours, but not sure.

Anyway, I hope your little filly is "full of beans," again.
 

Brenda Weddle
Breeding Stock
Username: 3_horses

Post Number: 378
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 07:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nicole, what happened with your filly? Is she ok?



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