FRM is going blind

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  1. CJ

    CJ Senior Member

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    BO had another specialist out. Theyre saying its uveitis/ moon blindness, and prescribed Ketorolac, an anti inflammatory.
    Looking at old moon blindness threads, I saw a mention of connection with leptospirosis. BO could easily have leptospirosis as theyve had a persistent pond/problem in the field, and plenty of deer to come to it. Weve seen dozens show up at once, and often a few going past or over the back fence.
    FRM is an arab, not an App. Purebred, papered. BO had both parents.
     
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    CJ Senior Member

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    I talked to my favorite vet about uvitis, lepto & lyme. She agreed L&L are 2 common causes. Testing for them is @$200. Treating them is about the same, but the meds for L&L are the same (y). 30 days of Antibiotics, -cyclines. 1 is very expensive, like $500, thats a 'no'. A common option is an IV application. FRM is needle-phobic, so thats a NO. ("The meds arent expensive; the hazard pay for the vet Is.") The last option is oral and semi-affordable. 4g doses for 30 days still racks up, but its doable. $2xx-something. Vet 'has' to order it, because 4g is a Lot of 100mg pills from people pharmacy. Altho ,in a pinch, if you dont mind dealing with "2400 pills" for the month, the meds are the same, just pill size is different.
    Vet also Recommended the equine Lepto vaccine. 1st 1 is boostered later, but the vac itself she priced at @$40, so not cos prohibitive. And worth it to keep that affliction from making your horses life miserable, or dramatically shorter.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Although it's too late for your mare, a vaccine for Lepto came out this last fall. I'm glad because I believe it's much more prevalent than most think. You have to wait till your foal is 6 months, but after that your good to go.
     
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    Sometimes modern medicine in this country is 'criminally ridiculous'. for a 4 gram horse dose, the costs indicated below range $24 to 96 and $7200 to 24,000 for 30 days of 100mg pills. Who do they expect to spend an annual income on a 30-day treatment? R/D my ars...its 'sales demographics'& pure greed.
    wikipedia: Doxycycline is available as a generic medicine and is generally inexpensive.The wholesale cost in much of the world is between 0.01 and 0.04 USD per pill. In the United States 10 days of treatment is about 14 USD, however some in 2014 were selling it for more than 3.00 to 10.00 USD per pill
    Luckily, being for stock, the costs are on the lower end, 100s instead of 1000s.
     
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    Couple months ago BO said they were getting FRMs meds..I even took over commercial crate of applesauce packs to put it in.. and instead someone dug out an old bottle of SMZs :flaming:
    So I am finally taking money from 12/25 and a couple saddles sold @ then to get the Right Meds ordered. Theres a horse with leg/foot issue that vet has been seeing, so they can even drop it off and not charge for shipping.
    Maybe its too late for her eye/s but if she is hosting L/L its way past time that was addressed. Ive been so frustrated I havent even been over there very much.
     
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    Wait, the horse hasn't been getting the meds she was supposed to get months ago?
    And the BO didn't tell you?
     
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    CJ Senior Member

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    Nope.
    She even made a point of saying FRM would be getting her meds, and I was like "Finally!", and the club-size thing of applesauce was not exactly cheap. I was So mad when I found out it was SMZs someone gave her instead.
    Every time money for meds seemed arranged, it went 'sideways' somehow, not to BO but to things like Hay or farrier or vet call. i scared up some stuff of my own to sell, and put the money in its own account. And Ive talked to the vet independently about the meds, cost, dose and type. They havent said its not worth a try, or the expense.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Are you under the impression she has Lepto? I've been following this, but I'm a tad confused.
     
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    Well, "money going sideways" is still stealing in my book....
     
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    CJ Senior Member

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    The Uvitis diagnosis lends itself to Lepto as a source. Lyme could do it too. Theres woods & fields all around, plentiful deer, and a persistent problem with a pond that can cover up to a couple acres, even fence to fence in the field, which attracts the deer. Its Entirely possible that Lepto or Lyme is a factor, which BO pretty much denies or disbelieves. I know from a case elsewhere that some horses can keep Lyme under control with their own biology. Many year ago a friends horse was pts from the damage lepto did to him, a competitive trail endurance horse.
    Treating wont do any harm, and L/L are treated with the same meds, so if its either, cycline is the course of action.
    "Sideways" is a kind term, at least it went to the horses, near as I can tell. But to leave the poor horse that needs it worst unaddressed and unable to see, especially after a couple of Good responses... :no: it just wasnt right. Especially after her being needy was promoted front & center.
     
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