my 7 yr old rescue mare was just diagnosed with a leaky heart valve. She'd due to foal this spring (not sure when). Her breathing is laboured, she has fluid built up in her lungs and abdomen, and has been losing weight along her topline. Although her belly is huge! The vet's given us lasix (for the fluid) and a cocktail of medicine. Right now it's a wait and see situation...has anyone else gone through this? Any advice?
How is your mare doing? I don't have any wisdom to pass along about this situation, but I feel for you and wish someone would answer you. Jos?? Was this heart condition something your mare was born with?
My 19 year old mare developed ventral edema one winter when she was bred. My vet felt it was best to get her moving some, that she was standing around too much. The light exercise was walking on the lunge line and improved things quite a bit. She was not winded or developing fluid in her lungs, so I would definitely not do this with your mare unless the vet recommends it. It's a different situation. Hope things go well for you and your mare.
Thanks. I don't know how long she's had the condition. I rescued her and 3 other horses from a starvation situation. She had a 2006 filly, a yearling colt and a 2 yr old colt with her. I'm also quite PO'd at my original vet who examined her in November and didn't pick up on the heart problem. She seemed perkier yesterday, but today she was not her usual self again...very worrisome, but I realize this isn't going to be a quick fix. One of the worst things about this is she was a wild thing when I brought her in, and I've spent all this time building trust with her, but now with all the shots, she's withdrawing from me.
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