orange urine in colicy horse

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  1. tightpaycheck

    tightpaycheck Senior Member+

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    My mare is having a bad colic problem, which the vet is helping her with. Her urine has been a really dark orange, and I was wondering if anyone has seen this before.We are doing bloodwork, ect, but the vet isn't sure what the problem is yet.
     






  2. 3WishesDun

    3WishesDun Senior Member+

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    The bloodwork should help you narrow down some possible causes... Any ideas on the cause/s of the colic episodes? Is the horse drinking at all (urine may be very concentrated because of dehydration)?
    Could the horse have eaten toxic plants? Good Luck... I hope you find answers very soon and the horse gets better.
     
  3. Cntrysass20

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    3WD has good possibles. Just curious, is she not pooping kind of colic or bellyaching kind of colic? If its belly ache, then another "might be" could a UTI thats causing her pain. I would make sure to tell the vet about the urine color and it would help him loads if you could try to catch some in a clean cup.

    I would monitor her water intake. If she has a trough, drain it. Put buckets out so that you can get an accurate amount. Turn her out alone so that you can get an accurate amount.

    Hope she gets better soon. Been there and done that with colic. It scares me worse then the word cancer.

    Jessie
     
  4. tightpaycheck

    tightpaycheck Senior Member+

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    Well, she is up, and eating a little now.She never stopped pooping. She was dehydrated, but she got fluids from the stomach tube and an iv. The vet says her liver enzymes are elavated, might be some kind of hepatitis...I've never heard of that in a horse.
     
  5. rageandglory

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    nowadays, there is nothing in the horse world that surprises me, health wize, any more. i hope she's better soon!
     
  6. Tecumseh

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    Just a thought. Did the vet investigate Azoturia? (sp?) I had a mare many years ago who had this and one of the symptoms was discolored urine. This is Tying Up Syndrome and the symptoms are difficulty moving hind quarters, distress, etc. Sure this is not it but just thought I would throw that out.
     
  7. ejforrest

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    "Normal horse urine is clear to whitish to yellow or reddish-yellow. It may be transparent or cloudy. Horse urine may also be the consistency of water or so thick and filled with mucus that it is actually stringy. Either is normal.
    A dark red or brown color occurs when myoglobin is passed in the urine because of the breakdown of muscle tissue".
    Sporadic Tying-Up:
    "Muscle strains are much more severe and are typically accompanied by elevated muscle proteins in serum and myoglobinuria(coffee colored urine). This darkening of the urine is a result of the kidneys filtering myoglobin(a muscle protein)from blood, which is an indication of severe muscle damage".
    "Sporadic tying-up should be considered a veterinary emergency if horses are sweating profusely, are reluctant to move, or have dark urine."
     
  8. tightpaycheck

    tightpaycheck Senior Member+

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    I did think of that, because I had a horse with pssm a few years back.I guess it is a possibility. She did have some kind of problem in her gut, the fluid they pulled out of her belly was cloudy, but she could easily have more than one problem. I have to try to get a urine sample and hope we can figure this out. Some of her symptoms didn't seem just like a colic to me.. She would sometimes sit up on her but like a dog, was hanging her head at the ground and opening and closing her mouth. She is looking pretty good right now, and the vet will be back out to see if I got her to pee in a cup in a few hours.
     
  9. Friesiangirl

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    it might be kideny failure
     
  10. Tecumseh

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    So glad she is improving. That must have been awful. It is good that you are right on top of everthing.
     






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