I rescued and I am trying to save a sick mini. She was seen by a vet on Friday at 2pm. Possibly twisted or a blockage was the diagnosis. She was given mineral and I assume banamine. I have given her banamne every 8-10 hours. She passed the oil at noon today, Sunday. And a small amount of manure. She seemed alittle better. But tonight she is weak and was pale. I gave her banamine and torb and she seemed more comfortable. If she was twisted or blocked would she still be alive? What else can I do? And surgery is not an option. Thanks. Karen
Karen,Can you give me some more information about your mini?How old is she?Is she eating / drinking at all?The manure she passed today with oil, is that the first manure she has passed since Friday? Or has she been passing small amounts of manure each day?The manure that has passed is it normal consistency, or loose?Any blood tests done?Is she very painful (rolling) or just very quiet (laying down alot)?Any fever?Thanks,Dr. Jean
Molly is 15-16 years old. Not eating or drinking. The first manure since Friday a small amount of light colored manure, soft but formed. Oil before and after. No blood work. Will not lay down. Stands facing the wall or corner. Last night she did eat a baby carrot. She nuzzles the hay but is not eating it. I have syringed water and alittle apple sauce. She does swallow it. Stomach seems hard at times. It is a long story for this mini in a short time. Her owners had many minis then divorced. The minis were all separated and sold to one dealer then another. Then a man bought her and kept her in his house for one night. Then she wasn't acting right so he put her in his woodshed. Gravel floor, darkness, water and grain, no hay for a few days. Then the vet on Friday. Then I took her to try to save her after the vet said she would be dead in a day in a half. Is it ok to keep giving her the banamine and torb? What about an antibiotic? Thanks Karen.
Karen,Sounds like a perfect situation to cause a colic. Especially the lack of roughage (hay).It's hard to be very specific since I haven't seen her, but generally complete obstruction colics (twists) do not survive very long at all. Usually less than 24 hours.I would be very cautious with the banamine. If she is dehydrated - pretty likely since she isn't drinking - the banamine at higher doses or more frequent intervals can start to damage the kidneys. The butorphanol (torb) is less of an issue for her kidneys but can sedate her somewhat. I would try to not give the banamine any more often than every 12 hours. If she isn't painful, maybe even less. The butorphanol you could use every 4 - 6 hours. Antibiotics won't help since her problem isn't due to an infection.Since she isn't eating, giving her bran mashes, etc isn't an option. She is passing almost no manure but isn't terribly painful so it sounds like an impaction colic. Especially since she has survived this long. Unfortunately impaction colics can still cause a rupture of the intestine, leading to death. The best thing would be to get the vet back out soon, to see if she has ruptured. She would have very purple gums if she has, but also the vet can check the abdominal fluid (belly tap) to see if there is any contamination from the intestine. If the abdominal fluid is still normal - then tubing again with more water and mineral oil would help. Or even better i.v. fluids to help rehydrate her. i.v. fluids can be very helpful in impaction colics to rehydrate the impacted feed and soften it so it can pass. In the meantime as much water as you can get he to drink would be good. Also some walking if she is willing can help stimulate intestinal motility to move things through.I hope this has given you some help. Let me know if you have more questions.Dr. Jean
I walked her today and let her stay out for a few hours in the sunshine. After that she passed the small amount of manure. But I think it exhausted her and she seems so weak. Her gums may have been a little bluish yesterday and tonight they were pale. After the injections more normal. I don't own her the dealer does and spending money on her again is not an option. I just thought I would try. Do you think it would hurt to try gatorade, I don't have any electrolytes here and can I syringe the oil? If she lives through the night and is still not right I should call my vet to euthanize her. Thanks. Karen
Karen,Gatorade would be fine to try. It has electrolytes and some sugar in it so it will help if she'll take it. Syringing the oil is a little risky - if she aspirates oil it is very serious. Aspirating water or Gatorade isn't as bad as the oil.If she lives through the night, it is hard to say what to do next. If she is passing manure, she has a chance. If she is still very depressed with purple or very pale mucous membranes (gums) and no manure a poor chance. It is hard to know when it's time to euthanize without an exam. If you could have the vet check her before putting her down, just to be sure, that would be best.Hoping for the best,Dr. Jean
15 years of experience in equine practice including Chiropractic and Acupuncture therapies.
Thank you fo your help. She died last night. At least she won't suffer anymore. Thanks. Karen