Cassidy's diarrhea

15+ year old Quarter Horse gelding. Old style QH with substantial bone and muscle. He is aloof, been through a lot of changes and needs someone to focus their attention on him.

Cassidy's diarrhea

Postby Juliane on Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:14 am

Dr. Deward was out this morning to remove Sydney's drainage tube. While we were wrapping everything up, Cassidy had an obnoxious projectile case of diarrhea. I asked Dr. Deward what the possible causes could be. I explained that he was on ProBios and had a 5 day dose of Panacur Powerpak, but none of it seemed to have an effect.

Dr. Deward took a stethoscope and listened to Cassidy's belly. He was able to hear and diagnose that Cassidy was very likely bloated with sand!

So, he felt Cassidy should be on at least 30 days of Sand Clear. I have some here, and may go pick up a tub of it to go with him to his new home. :)

Dr. Deward also felt the sand was causing his wormy belly look as well. Cross your fingers that this works! :)
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Postby seahorse on Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:19 pm

Very cool to finally have a possible Diagnosis! Way to go Dr. D!!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Thu Jan 04, 2007 3:03 pm

Oh, the poor boy. I sure hope he can get that cleared up. He must feel miserable.
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:48 pm

If that is it, he is very lucky he hasn't colicked from it. Good thing he lives mostly on turnout!

Fortunately, Sand Clear is cheap and this is an easy problem to fix. Glad to hear he was diagnosed!
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Postby Juliane on Fri Jan 05, 2007 12:40 am

I gave Cassidy the first dose of Sand Clear tonight. I gave him 1 1/2 scoops. I'm thinking I will give him that size dose, just at night with some grain. In the mornings, I turn him out into the paddock, so it's not very feasable to give him grain. The bucket seemed to say 1 - 1 1/2 scoops daily.

Unfortunately, I've only got one more dose left! I need to make sure I remember to go to the feed store tomorrow and pick some up. I stood and watched as Cassidy picked through his grain. He seemed to eat most of the mix, but did leave some of the Sand Clear crumbs. LOL

I may have to make him a warm mash with the Sand Clear to encourage him to eat it all.

I sure hope this works for him!
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Postby seahorse on Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:36 pm

Hey Juliane I have better luck with them eating the pelleted form.......I have one that is WAY cheaper. I will look at the bucket tomorrow and let you know what it is...............-
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Postby Juliane on Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:09 pm

Ok, I'm really not trying to be gross here, but check this out!!! Cassidy's manure is as close to normal as it's ever been! Previously its been complete watery cowpies!!! :) I am thinking that perhaps this stuff is helping him! Another side effect that I've noticed is that he's not drinking nearly as much water. Before, he'd dunk each mouthful of hay in his water tub - now he seems to do it every 5-6 mouthfuls. I wonder if the sand in his stomach made him uncomfortable, so he was adding as much water as possible to help him feel better?

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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:52 am

Only us horse lovers could appreciate that picture. :lol: :lol: :wink:
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Postby seahorse on Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:02 am

Juliane the very economical pellets I get are called Equi-clear. They are in a white tub with a maroon horse head on it. Let me know if you want me to get a big bucket. I treat all of my horses monthly so it is easy for me to get an extra bucket.
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Postby summerhorse on Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:32 pm

I wonder if this had anything to do with his bucking fit earlier? :?:
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:01 pm

You've got an idea, there. I would imagine that his belly could be pretty tender with all that sand and bloating.
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:40 pm

Cassidy's big wormy belly is going away! I took his blanket off today to clean him up before taking him to his adoptive home and was surprised at how much it's gone down! Yay Cassidy! I'm so glad we found the problem!!! :)
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