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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?

Veterinarian's Assistant: 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?

She lives with two other mini horses and two mini donkeys. All the others are healthy and happy

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Horse Veterinary
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Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

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Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
a small bit of diarrhea and blood work all normal
Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 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?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
We also give psyllium but I fear not enough. She might have too much sand
Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

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

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Customer reply replied 9 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.
Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

Has she had her urine tested for bladder stones?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No she hasn't I shall ask the vet about this if she doesn't improve over the next couple of days
Horse Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 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.

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