Buddy is colicking :(

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Buddy is colicking :(

Postby Juliane on Wed May 16, 2007 9:57 pm

It must be the weather?! I have heard of a few people's horses colicking recently, and the vet is currently on another call for a colic. Ugh. :(

Rachel and Ally noticed Buddy laying down this evening in the paddock before dinner time. This is abnormal for Buddy, but I didn't think much of it. However, when I brought him in for dinner at about 8:30pm, he wasn't interested in eating.

He started circling in his stall, pawing and rooting at the ground and biting at his stomach. I called the vet, who suggested giving him a dose of Banamine and walking him for 20 minutes.

We did that, and halfway through his walk, he dropped a nice pile of manure. When we got back to the barn and I put him away, he seemed normal.

However, after watching him for 30 minutes, he started displaying signs of discomfort again; wanting to lay down, biting at his stomach, etc.

So, the vet will be coming up here after her current colic call. She should be here around midnight. Poor Buddy!

This seems like a semi-mild case of colic, but please send jingles his way!
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Postby Altanera on Wed May 16, 2007 10:00 pm

Jingles..keep an eye one him, which I am sure you are. They can sometimes pass a pile and still be impacted or worse have a twist. If he heads south fast and the banamine stops helping him then thats not good.

Jingles for the poor boy!! Feel better old man!!
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Postby schwung on Wed May 16, 2007 10:15 pm

Oh no!! Sending my jingles to Buddy!
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Postby Juliane on Wed May 16, 2007 11:35 pm

The vet just left and Buddy is now resting comfortably. He has a 101.8 fever (and has been harboring a low-grade viral infection for the past week). He was a tad dehydrated and had minimal gut sounds.

The vet gave him a rectal exam and did not feel any impactions and said the manure in his small colon was normal.

She then tubed him and pumped his stomach full of 1-2 gallons of water/probios/electrolytes. Then I walked him around for about 5-10 minutes. She re-checked his gut and said there was a significant improvement.

I put him back in his stall and he immediately went to work on each and every little tidbit of hay that Ally and I didn't pick up when we took his food away earlier. LOL He was definitely feeling much, much better.

So, he's now on a strict gradual increase of his diet. Nothing tonight, tomorrow very small mashes through out the day. If he stays comfortable, then maybe 1/4 flake of hay tomorrow night. Friday I can slowly increase his hay so that by Saturday, he is back to normal.

And the bill? Well, let's not go there! :P
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Postby Altanera on Wed May 16, 2007 11:39 pm

so glad he is doing better..now I can go to sleep. I was hoping to hear a good update before I went to bed.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Thu May 17, 2007 4:28 am

How do you define a redneck horseman?
They sit around on plastic lawnchairs, in the horse field. drinkin' a beer, waiting for their horse to poop! :oops: :oops:
That is what Kurt and I did a couple of years ago when Ameer got a mild case of collic too. It was also from the weather change. Now I keep a bucket of water in his stall in case he is to lazy to go to his water outside cause it is to hot out !

I am glad Buddy is doing ok now. Darn him.
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Postby rdafler on Thu May 17, 2007 7:45 am

Julie I have a new bottle of dynapro and I can get more if you are interested. Should probably put him on it until he is feeling himself again. It is always good to keep some on hand just for these purposes. Let me know. B
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Postby Juliane on Thu May 17, 2007 8:11 am

Thanks Becky! I didn't even think about that! I have some old DynaPro here - I'll put him on it!

I just got in from checking on him - I'm not sure what to think. He only had 1 pile of manure since last night (8 hours ago), and drank very little water, maybe 1/4 gallon or a bit more. He does not look uncomfortable in the slightest.

He is very alert this morning and let me know with his cute little nickers that he was STARVING. I gave him his prescribed mash and left him in the stall so that I can track how much manure he passes. Dandy is in the barn with him so he doesn't get panicky about being left in.

I'll go back out in a couple hours and give him more mash.
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Postby busted on Thu May 17, 2007 8:38 am

So glad to hear he is feeling better. I was so worried about him when I left. Now I dont have to go in there and kick his butt! lol So glad he listened to me and started getting better... :wink: He looked so depressed last night and after we took that long walk and he pooped he looked so much happier tossing his head around. Jingles for Mr Buddy! Give him some kisses for me and tell him to get better.
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