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Janet S. Hinrichsen
Posted on Thursday, Apr 13, 2000 - 10:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Have new foal just born this moring, he has very watery diarrhea, somewhat the color of mustard, have another foal that is 3 days old has diarrhea also. The older of the two is very energetic as is the new born. What can I give them to stop the diarrhea as my horse vet is not available at this time and other vets don't want to deal with horses.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Posted on Thursday, Apr 13, 2000 - 6:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Janet,
Without examining the foal we cannot make any specific recommendations. Read the article associated with this forum and you can see there are a number of possible causes. On the other hand the proper treatment of any horse with diarrhea but no other clinical signs, a normal temperature, and normal lab values (fecal and blood) is to review the diet and if it is OK give it some time: it almost always go away.

The proper treatment for any horse sick with diarrhea is IV fluids to maintain hydration. We do have some other suggestions in the article for treatments but as noted some are experimental and dosages have not been established. I have put some dosage quidelines in the article.
DrO
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Marie Marshall
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Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Friday, May 7, 2004 - 11:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi I have a 5 day old foal with clear watery diarrhea. She seems to have colic at times - I gave her pepto this am and again this evening. She is nursing still and still seems quite strong - what else do you reccomend that I do? Electrolites? I have no experience with this - can I use the stuff they sale for cattle? Should I give an antibiotic?
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Bonita
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Post Number: 485
Registered: 9-2000
Posted on Saturday, May 8, 2004 - 8:10 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Never EVER use any product specified for a different animal unless you have checked with your vet first.

As to your foal, I would get the vet out ASAP. Except for mild diarrhea during the mare's "foal heat", which this definitely does NOT sound like, diarrhea in foals can be FATAL, & the little guys can go down VERY QUICKLY - as in up & around one minute, down for the count the next. You can't possibly have any idea what sort of bacterial infection might be going on or what to treat it with until you get your vet out. And right away.
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Marie Marshall
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Username: Ppaints

Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 8, 2004 - 4:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Bonita

I took the filly to the vet. Not dehydrated yet - upped the doseage of Pepto and gave me a better antibiotic - he thinks I should see a big improvement by monday - thanks for your advise!
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Susan M. Herrick
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Username: Quatro

Post Number: 45
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, May 8, 2004 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

good luck with your baby. It was weird to see your name on the post. My name before marriage was Susan Marie Marshall. Greetings~
sue
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 10410
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, May 9, 2004 - 9:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Marie,
We have 2 articles to further educate you on these issues see:
1) Equine Diseases Foal Diseases Foal Heat Diarrhea.
2) Equine Diseases Foal Diseases Infectious Diarrhea in Foals.
DrO
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Bonita
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Username: Bonita

Post Number: 486
Registered: 9-2000
Posted on Sunday, May 9, 2004 - 4:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I AM so glad to hear that your vet saw your filly & changed things a little with a good outcome in mind!!

As a small-time breeder myself, I obviously have contact with a LOT of other breeders, thus exposing myself to all the very WORST horror stories regarding foals.
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Sherri Dannenberg
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Username: Mszoey

Post Number: 34
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Monday, Jul 12, 2004 - 3:18 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We have a 8 day old foal that has had diarrhea for most of the days since it has been born. Two days ago he was put on Pepto, this helped abit, but he seemed to act colicky after he had a certain amount of Pepto. last night his eyes seemed abit sunken in, he was breathing abit heavy, he has white spots all over his tongue, like Thrush in a human babies' mouth. His mother did not clean well, she had an infection.

the colt was taken to the vet this morning, he ran tests for Passive Transfer, it was good, he did not even look in his mouth, he was reminded a couple times. I feel the mother passed the infection, I also have to wonder if this is a yeast infection thru his system.

The vet says to keep up the pepto and he has him on Tribrissen antibiotic.

I feel pretty uncertain about this vets treatment, thank youi
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 10782
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 - 8:00 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Sherri,
There is not a thrush equivalent in horses that we recognize but it was important for the vet to evaluate what you saw.

If the vet thought the foal had an infection that was responsive to TMP/SMZ and not dehydrated the treatment would be fine. But from what you describe it sounds like this little guy was dehydrated and TMP/SMZ though wide spectrum has a lot of "holes" in its coverage. See the article Equine Diseases Foal Diseases Infectious Diarrhea in Foals for more.
DrO
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Sherri Dannenberg
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Username: Mszoey

Post Number: 41
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 - 11:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mare and foal are on the way to the city for some professional care, I know the foal is dehydrated, his diarrhea has not stopped. He nurses well, but he is getting weak, thank you for your info
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Holly Zukowski
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Username: Cowgrl

Post Number: 293
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 - 11:48 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sherri, I hope your foal improves with some professinal help. Please keep us posted. We care.
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Sherri Dannenberg
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Username: Mszoey

Post Number: 42
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 - 12:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Holly, this foal is actually my uncle's who thinks nature should take care of things in sweet time. I took the mare and foal home to get things taken care of like they should have from day one, this little guy is not good, I am so surprised he has made it this far. I know the mare had a uterine infection, my uncle gave her a dose of Pen B & G and called it good, this colt had to pick up bacterial infection from her, but what do I know, I only raise so many colts a year and this is his first in who knows how long, sorry had to vent. I will keep everyone posted on his prognosis. I am still baffled by the white spots on his tongue and in his cheeks, looks just like human thrush.
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