Sunday, March 11, 2012

Positive Update

Saturday morning Daisy was doing better than she was on Friday. Best of all, I had the brilliant idea to offer her regular water along with her flavored water.
On Thursday, she had the choice between regular and flavored water all day, and she chose flavored water every time. So Friday I had just given her flavored water. And she drank such a small amount that I was very worried about her. Saturday, I offered her regular water again... and she drank! Girl can't make up her mind. 
The vet was still very worried about her dehydration, but by the end of yesterday she'd drank 5 gallons of water. Her banamine pain killer wore off yesterday (Saturday) at 11:30am. I had planned on having the vet come that afternoon, and the vet said to avoid giving her more banamine if possible. It was possible; Daisy was really not in pain! I monitored her all afternoon. She'd paw a little bit, and  I'd take her for a short walk, and let her rest again. The time between her pawing got longer and longer, until she wasn't show any signs of discomfort anymore! I ended up not needing the vet to come out, because she was so obviously doing better. She wasn't completely interested in eating like normal, but she wasn't in pain. I went to bed relieved. I checked on her again overnight and got her to drink. We've developed a routine over the past couple days where, if I squirt water in her mouth (with an old dewormer syringe), she'll drink some water. Then she stops, and after a moment I squirt water in her mouth, and she drinks out of the bucket herself again. As of yet, she hasn't drank of her own accord.... but at least she drinks when I 'help her'. I'm sure she'll go back to it on her own. 
Today (Sunday), she's been doing well. She mostly stood in her wooded paddock in the sun and relaxed for the day. She ate a couple flakes of hay, and has drank about 3 gallons of water... not an ideal amount, but she's also had very little to eat in the past days. (She had 2 flakes total today. Normally by now she'd have had 6-7 flakes, and drank 5+ gallons of water) She's clearly lost weight, but we'll just have to move forward from here. 
She's been off of grain since Thursday, and so I'm planning on giving her half her normal grain tomorrow morning, and probably her regular amount tomorrow evening, assuming she's doing even better. She's not 100% better yet, but she'll get there. 

Thank you for your kind words and prayers. :) Some people have horses that are prone to lameness... mine just happens to be prone to colic.


Martha said...

So glad she's feeling better. It's never fun when our babies are sick.

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Lauren said...

Aww, I'm so sorry you've been having to deal with this! I'll make sure to pray for her and I hope she's back to 100% soon :)

Ruth said...

I'm glad she's feeling better :)!!
Hope she is 100% soon.


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