As many of you read last Friday, our Bucket Fund Charity for November is little Autumn whose emaciated dam (while pregnant with Autumn) was dumped in an auction yard only to give birth then die leaving Autumn alone without any food for 18 hours until she was she was fed by Whatcom County Humane Society and finally rescued by HOPE FOR HORSES.
You can read the full story here.
It has been determined that Autumn was a premature foal which is why her swallowing mechanism is not quite mature. She should be able to swallow in time. Since she cannot swallow well, they don’t want her to take a bottle because she could aspirate it into her lungs and cause an infection.
So, she has a nasal tube to feed her milk replacer as well as some solids. They also have a large IV going into her neck to keep up her fluids and essentials. They wrapped her back legs to keep the shavings from rubbing. Her tail is wrapped because of the slight wet manure. That is almost gone.
Because she is a preemie without having had colostrum, there is always a risk of infection. That along with her inability to swallow has prompted the hospital to make the decision to keep her for another week while they feed and monitor her.
NOTES FROM HOPE FOR HORSES
I received this email from Jenny at Hope for Horses:
Just got a call from Dr. Mollat, the primary vet caring for Autumn at the moment.
Autumn is still not accepting the pan feeding, so they have inserted a nasogastric tube and are beginning to introduce milk replacement and minute amounts of solids via the tube.
They are leaving her on the IV drip for now to supplement liquids and nourishment.
The big issue is that the diarrhea has finally abated.
The risk of infection is still huge at this point, so she is still being monitored very closely. John and I are the only allowed visitors for the time being, so I will send photos in just a bit.
Autumn is looking really good this morning. She was animated and interested in her visitors, sucking on fingers and cheeks, and moving around a lot. They have begun feeding her via a nasogastric tube though because she is still having trouble swallowing. This is not unusual in preemies, and should continue to improve over time. She seems to have grown a bit, but it’s hard to tell because her bedding is very deep and placed on top of a thick padded mat.
Here is a video from Sunday. You will see that Autumn is alert and lively. Very cute… Click the below image or click here to watch the video.
The not-so-good news is that the vet bills are escalating ($6000+). So, I have increased the goal a bit and if any of you would like to donate to help this fighter filly, please DO! Thank you!
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