Every horse owner knows that when you get an unexpected call from a barn owner or trainer that something is probably wrong. In this week’s case, the girl who was feeding Rosie her lunches noticed that she didn’t eat her lunch and was laying down looking uncomfortable. I was called promptly so I called the vet and rushed out there. The ranch owner was walking her around and said she was pawing frequently and acting lethargic, so we gave her some Banamine and I waited for the vet to arrive.
Shortly before he got there she started to perk up and wanted to eat. I don’t know what went on, but on his physical examination the vet said her temp was on the high side of normal and her heart rate and respiration were slightly up. Her gums were also wetter than normal, which is a stress/discomfort signal. So we decided to go through the typical colic workup by tubing her with some mineral oil to help things work through. She ended up pooing a few hours later and was back to normal by the next day. Phew! I was worried that we’d have another situation like last summer, complete with scary expensive vet trip.
My life really doesn’t need any more stress right now, so I’m happy this seemed to be a quick upset tummy that worked itself out with some Banamine and lots of walking. Rosie is always such a good citizen when dealing with the vet. I’m so thankful that she’s okay and nothing serious happened!
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