Posted by MissDoc on 12/13/2016, 10:59 am
Even though I've owned horses for 42 of my 47 years on this earth I've never heard of a horse contracting Salmonella - until our pony did the week of Thanksgiving. Started with him getting stuck in his blanket - he's like a kid in church clothes - they need to be off of him sooner rather than later - anyhow - think he may have had a colic episode starting which is why he was rolling, which is why he cast himself in the blanket. |
That night he had no appetite - hand walked him, running a bit of a temp. Called out Loomis basin, took blood, tubed him, etc. Called back an hour or so later - kidney failure.
Took him over at about 11pm - they did an ultrasound on his kidneys and gut to make sure that there was no tear...thankfully no tears. Kept in isolation and on an IV 24 hrs a day. UC Davis confirmed Salmonella (ironically the horse next to him in isolation also had it).
He wasn't passing any manure, so they kept him till he finally did on Friday morning (day after Thanksgiving) - we were able to bring him home that day - they had stopped the IV Thursday afternoon and his appetite had picked up, his kidney levels had dropped back to the normal range (there were at a 5 and should be at 2 or lower).
Needless to say it was a hefty bill, but he's home and back to being the annoying pony we've enjoyed for 14 years again
Apparently salmonella can be shed by just about any animal, manure, bodily fluids, etc. Then the bad bacteria takes over the good and they start to go downhill rather quickly. Ya learn something new (and expensively) every day.
Go for Longs Walks. Indulge in Hot Baths. Question your assumptions.
Be kind to yourself. Live for the Moment. Loosen up. Scream.
Curse the world. Count Your Blessings.
Just Let Go.