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Experience:  Veterinary Surgeon at Tameside Veterinary Clinic
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Our 17 year old mini mare, Onyx, is currently being treated

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Our 17 year old mini mare, Onyx, is currently being treated for what we thought was impaction. It has been a week since she stopped eating. She is drinking but has difficulty urinating. Vet has tubed her twice, given her water, mineral oil, electrolytes. She did pass the oil both times. She is up, but was laying down initially, which is how we knew she was in trouble. He examined her teeth and filed down two peaks which may have been causing her pain. She has always been a good eater. We feed a mixture of pellets twice a day. She is still not interested in eating. Refused her favorite peppermint treats today, but ate a few yesterday. No fever and her gums look good. She is being given ulcer medication, just in case... we are concerned that there might be an undiagnosed problem as she is still not eating. Any other recommendations for treatment or possible problems we haven't considered?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. It could be an infection. The Expert will know what to do. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the horse?
Customer: She lives with two other mini horses and two mini donkeys. All the others are healthy and happy
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

has she had any diarrhea? Has your vet done any blood work so far?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
a small bit of diarrhea and blood work all normal
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Ok, its good to have ruled out liver and kidney problems from the blood work. Are you up to date on your parasite control?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We also give psyllium but I fear not enough. She might have too much sand
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

You mention she has difficulty urinating, has this been a problem for her in the past?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No it hasn't. We've had her for five years. Totally trouble free until now. I'm concerned there might be something obvious we don't know to look for.
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Has she had her urine tested for bladder stones?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No she hasn't I shall ask the vet about this if she doesn't improve over the next couple of days
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

If she has discomfort from a urinary tract infection or even bladder stones or crystals, that could certainly affect her appetite. If her blood work is all good and your vets exam is not turning up any other indicators, then investigating her struggling to urinate would be a good way forward.