Monday, April 21, 2008
VACCINE REACTION IN HORSES
Man the last couple of days have been crazy around here! The worst part is my mare "Angel" is very sick. Let me start at the beginning - Last Tuesday I took them in to the vet for there annual shots and Coggins. Wednesday morning I went out to feed and my mare was the last one to the barn. Not normal at all! Then I notice as she is getting closer she appears to be very stiff. Not normal either! Well I was getting ready to tie her up and noticed her face is swollen and started checking her over. And her left side of her neck is swollen big time! As I am trying to remain calm I continue checking her over-vitals, gut sounds, the whole nine yards! Of course the vet is not in, since it is 6 am! So I go back inside and get Savannah ready for school and drop her off. Then I call the vet and he said bring her in. Not a problem, I was going to bring her in! So I go hook up and walk her very slowly to the trailer, normally she loads not a problem. I had to coax her in. So we get there and he says yep she is having a severe vaccine reaction. So he gives her Banamine and penicillin and off we go. I continue to medicate her for 3 more days with Banamine and Penicillin and hydro twice daily. The swelling is going down slowly. Well, this morning went out to feed and she is in the barn just standing there. When she tried to walk she was very stiff again in her front end! Then I start looking at her all over and her neck is swollen worse and has moved down her neck even more! Of course there is heat in it too. And she can not even turn her neck that way. And you can tell she just feels like crap! Of course this is at 5:30 this morning and the vet is not there! So what did I do? I had a good cry and screamed a few choice words (sorry I hate it when they are sick!) and then regained my composure! Called the vet after I dropped off Savannah at school and he said it sounded like she is trying to get a abscess there. So I went in and picked up a different antibiotic and started that and her on Bute. I have to take her in Wednesday morning for him to lance it and go from there. He didn't want to see her today, he wanted to get the antibiotics in her and manage her pain some. This afternoon she is not as stiff (which I am sure has something to do with the high dose of Bute I gave her!). So that is a relief to see a change for the better in her. He did tell me to elevate her food, water and hay. So she is being treated like a princess in a lot all to herself. He did say normally it takes 4-6 weeks for them to heal. So I am hoping and praying that after we see the vet that she will be on the road to recovery!! I will let you all know how it goes at the vet. I tried to take pictures of her neck and face, but the pictures did not turn out. We have never had anything like this happen before, have you had a horse with a vaccine reaction?