Monday, August 25, 2008

Darn horses and their need for self destruction! I woke up this morning to see Mack wandering around out in front of the house. No big deal, John caught him and put him back, then closed off the area where they'd broken the cheap electric tape fencing. But when I went out to feed I found my feed room destroyed. I've been meaning to put up a gate, but well, I hadn't gotten to it yet...

So I have a call in to my vet. He ate alfalfa and LMF Prime Time, which luckily isn't really as rich a grain as some, but still not a good thing for him to chow down on. I have no idea how much of either he got. Come to think of it, I have no idea how he got in there and back out again, it's kind of a tight space. But anyway... I'm thinking there must be something I can give him to help his gut through any crisis that may be going on in there. I've read about activated charcoal to bind the starches in an acute laminitis attack, and probios to help the unbalanced gut flora, and banamine to stop any inflammation. But I'm not brave enough to try it until I hear from a vet. I don't have the charcoal, but I guess they sell it for fishtank filters, so I might be able to get it from a pet store if the vet doesn't have it.

So far Mack seems fine. I can't tell if he's looking a little bloated or if maybe he's just as fat as he normally is and I'm seeing things.

I hate waiting. And of course, MY vet isn't there today. Not that I don't trust the others, but Steve is my very favorite. My critters always seem to have issues when he's not there.

I'll let you know what I find out...

2 comments:

Callie said...

I'd start the probio and banamine for the gut right away. I use this to stop stress colic in my Kola mare. Works every time. And hold any feed. Feel their feet. any warmth and cold hosing helps. I've soaked and hosed suspicious feet before and noticed a difference right away. Silly horses!

Andrea said...

Thanks Callie. I did give him the probios, but not the bananmine. My vet said I could give him banamine, but he didn't really want me to just yet. I'll watch those feet.