Last Sunday my mare came in for breakfast and wouldn’t eat. When I temped her, she had a fever of 105.1. It took us all day to get her fever down, it actually got higher before it broke Monday morning. That Sunday she was understandable lethargic and grinding her teeth all day.
Since Monday, even though she had had NO fever, she has had horrible GI symptoms. She will not pass manure for long periods of time, then she will pass small amounts or pass frequently. She has basically had ever bowel movement pattern possible in one week.
The first few days, I could not get her to eat without banamine and then she would be in a lot of pain, grinding her teeth and showing colic symptoms after eating. She is now eating her feed, which is a cereal grain-free ration balancer from Progressive Nutrition.
Her stomach pain is beginning to develop a pattern. She initially was in pain almost all day. Now she will graze half the day, start to lie down the second half, and increase her duration of being down (no thrashing). Eventually, she does start to cramp, circle, go down and eventually try to thrash. She gets her banamine and is fine again. Initially, she was getting banamine at least 2 times a day, now she is down to one and seems to be needing it later in the day (hopefully, this is progess!).
She is also very gassy, especially at night, and it smells sour.
Has anyone ever seen anything like this? The vet is thinking she had a virus when she had the fever, she fought it off, and the stress irritated ulcers.
She is on gastroguard, maalox, probiotics, aloe vera juice and something called miracle clay (a great product!). When checked, her gut sounds are very active. She has been tubed, had rectal exams and ultra sounds. Her blood work came back normal.
This week, she has been symptomatically all over the place. I have no idea what to think.