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Newborn spiked temperatuere

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dreamonthefly
Neonate
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 09:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

we had a filly born Friday July 14, 6:00 am.
temp sat am was 102.2. Temp sat noon over 104. Her respiration is extremely high and her temp has hovered between 103.5 and 104.8. it is now sunday night.
all other indicators of her health are fine. she nurses, has lots of energy and has normal b.m's. all blood work and IgG is normal.
we gave a little banamine which brought temp down to 102.4 earlier today, but it is creeping up again.
vet not overly concerned as all other systems are normal.
are we in a danger zone with this filly ? How long can this fever/resp. distress last without something being comprimised ?
any experiences similar are greatly sought after and appreciated.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 909
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Get the vet out now! It's late, I know, but get them out now. You will probably need antibiotics run into her immediately. It may be too late by morning - these little guys crash and burn so fast it will make your head spin, and temperature elevation in this region is a major warning sign.
 

dreamonthefly
Neonate
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

we discussed blanket antibiotics yesterday and vet felt with normal blood etc there is no diagnosed cause we are treating. i know we are in a comprimized place with this foal....
also should have mentioned that foal came a little early...about 1 week. 1 month ago the mare was shipped to emergency clinic with extreme colic signs....she worked it out after a good 5 hours of extreme pain. it was chalked up to "foal repositioning"
would this have comprimized foals thermo=regulation system ? the vet is taking the approach that it is her ability to thermoregulate as opposed to infection ?
thank you for your quick response.
 

Michelle Lyons
Neonate
Username: Chelle

Post Number: 9
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

if it were me I would call him anyway and tell him my concerns and I am sure that he has done all the check that are recomended but I would still be worried because the temp tells me something wrong.
 

Jos
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 910
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If it is a thermoregulation problem the antibiotics won't hurt even though they won't help.

If it's not a thermoregulation problem and she doesn't have antibiotics on board, you're likely going to end up in deep trouble... :-(

I don't gamble with foals in this situation - better safe then sorry in my book, and I've seen quite a few that were saved because of early antibiotic therapy.
 

dreamonthefly
Neonate
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 3
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

how can i help if it IS a thermo-regulation problem? will it solve itself?
 

C Carner
Neonate
Username: Friesianx

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 08:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What ever happened to this foal? Did it make it?
 

dreamonthefly
Neonate
Username: Dreamonthefly

Post Number: 4
Registered: 06-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

it's been almost a week now, had her blood re-checked and all normal. she had still been hovering around 103 with 70 respiration. other she is 100% normal.
today she was closer to 102 degrees. we have fans in her stall and give her alcohol baths. the vets just think she cannot thermoregulate herself. we seem to be moving in the right direction though. a very strange case.
 

Kathee McGuire
Breeding Stock
Username: Katheekj

Post Number: 565
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow...to use an old southern phrase, "bless your heart!". What a tough way to start life. I hope everything works out for you.



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