A few months ago, I told you that my dastardly pony, Slick, was sick…
I went to feed and noticed watery, awful diarrhea. His breath smelled like he had an infection. He had a snotty nose.
I put my hand on his back and pushed down all the winter hair – and it was then that I felt the weight loss.
Slick was sick.
After I quit kicking myself for not noticing sooner and calling myself a ‘bad owner’, I ran inside and called the vet.
Over the phone, he said, “It is probably sand in his gut. Go get some SAND CLEAR and we’ll be right over.”
(Sand in gut can lead to sand colic quickly!)
I did what he said.
The vet thought his diarrhea was related to his weight loss caused by the sand in the gut, but he felt that the snotty nose and bad smell was probably not related to the sand in the gut..
So, he took some blood.
Before he left, he told me that Slick probably was Cushings and Cushings horses are prone to sinus and tooth infections. His best guess was that Slick had two things going on: Cushings which created a sinus infection (or tooth) and he also has sand in his gut.
It was imperative to start working on the sand so he told me to:
1) Soak beet pellets and serve them REALLY WET with some type of Sand Clear product twice a day. I was told to give Slick a normal sized horse ration of the Sand Clear to get him started.
2) Give Slick PRASCEND to get his Cushings under control.
3) I was given Uniprim, an antibiotic, to help with the infection
4) Since he was on an antibiotic, I gave him BIOTIC 8 from Omega Alpha to help with probiotics and nutrient absorption. (I used this for a month)
5) I always give him Equion… but I doubled the dose to help with nutrient absorption and vitality.
I then set about making sure he was comfortable.
I wanted him to be out of the rain and in the barn where I could help him through the worst of it.
SLICK IN THE BARN
I kept Slick in the barn for three days, watching his diarrhea ebb.
He hated being in the barn. He wrecked the place. A good sign. He was feeling well enough to make a mess!
The vet had asked me to check his manure for sand using the ‘baggie method’. (This is where you pick up some manure in an insideout baggie, right it, then pour in some water in and wait for the sand to float to the bottom of the bag.)
I could never do it right…
However, obviously the Sand Clear was doing its thing because the diarrhea was going away.
The antibiotics were also helping with the infection. The mucus was gone and so was the smell.
After a few days, he was well enough to go outside – but he wasn’t healthy.
A week later, Slick’s blood test proved he had Cushings. No big surprise there…
And, he still had his infection – supporting him with the Prascend over time would help with the infection, we hoped.
The vet came back out to check Slick’s sinuses and while doing so, Slick started to choke.
We took an Xray.
We sent the Xray to a specialist to make sure.
The vet said he would come back with his scope.
AFTER THE ANTIBIOTIC
After Slick had the two week antibiotic course, we stopped the antibiotic.
He regained all of his infection symptoms in about 2 days!
Luckily, the vet was coming back out to scope his sinuses and listen for sand.
The scoping showed nothing. All was clear. No Gutteral Pouch issues.
Hmmmmm. He has always had wheezing issues so we decided to keep him on his herbal remedies (Omega Alpha – Respi-Free).
The vet said he could still hear the ‘wave’ sounds in Slick’s gut.
We needed to keep him on the Sand Clear.
*Now this was odd that the wave sound were still there – because the Sand Clear had been really helping… But then I switched products. I bought a new kind. And, that new kind didn’t work nearly as well as the Sand Clear. When I switched to Equus brand of psyllium, he went backwards.
He went back on Uniprim (antibiotic) and was kept on for 2 months.
TWO MONTH THERAPY
When this all started, I separated him from his buddies (poor guy) and put him across the fence in Bodhi’s pasture. He could still see them.
In this way, I could make sure he got his meds, that he was eating, I could check the firmness of his stool and that he was using his shelter and staying warm.
I fed him a wet mash of beet pulp and his meds every day – twice a day.
I gave him (and continue to give him) Prascend for his Cushing (stuffed into an apple bit), the antibiotic, Sand Clear (3 weeks on/1 week off) and a double dose of Equion.
And right now, he is looking great! He is all plump again. I see no signs of the infection. He is his horrible self again!
WATCHING HIM LIKE A HAWK!
Today, I finished with his 2 months of antibiotics.
Hopefully, the Prescend has started to kick-in and the infection won’t come back.
But, I don’t know for sure, so I’m watching him like a hawk.
Slick is healthier for sure. His attitude is dastardly as ever and he’s back in with his buddies – pushing them around, a good sign!
Sand can happen even where you don’t have sand… In the 20 years of housing horses, I’ve never even heard of ‘sand in the gut’ in my area…
But he got it… in my area.
Cushings can take hold, especially if the horse is compromised. I think the Prascend has made him much more comfortable.
ALWAYS feel the spines of your fluffy horses during winter.
Sand Clear products do work – but not all.
I love Omega Alpha products and EQUION!
Slick looks great!
Now I wait.
And while I’m waiting, I’m going to give Sand Clear to every horse here for 3 weeks. Just for good measure.
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