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In Loving Memory...
~ Gogo Fatale ~

6/2/01 - 10/11/11
~ Forever the Marest of Them All ~

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Neverending Hard-Knock

It just gets more and more out of control doesn't it? When it rains it pours!

Gogo got her Fluvac Innovator 5 yesterday, a combo of vaccines made up of flu/rhino/eee/wee/tetanus, which is definitely a huge cocktail, but one that I've given her several times before with absolutely no problem. However, this time, there WAS a problem, and I am NOT giving this combo ever again. She keeps lying down, flat out, immobile as if too miserable to even stand or lie sternal. All her vital signs are normal, and have been all day. She's eating fine, drinking fine, pooping fine, gut sounds are great too, so if this is a colic it's NOT presenting like one. I don't know exactly what's going on, but with banamine we have it temporarily curbed. She's all right at the moment, comfortable with 5ccs of banamine on board, and munching some hay, but I'm camped out outside her stall and will probably remain there for most of the night. She was weird last night, but seemed fine after we got her up and gave her some hay (thought maybe she was just sleeping and it took a second to wake up?), and at the last check I did at 11:30pm she was fine still, but I found her down flat out again at 6am, and she's been alternating between hungry and totally bright eyed to totally flat-out and immobile all day long. She was also lying down eating at 11am. Weird.

Dunno what's going on. Everything seems normal otherwise, so it's possible the vaccine just made her feel like CRAP. Back out to the barn now, just wanted to give you guys a heads up and to ask the gods of horse health to just PLEASE CUT US A BREAK ALREADY!


sarah said...

After my horse had Lyme's, he started having terrible reactions to all of his vaccines. We had to stop giving them for a while, and then slowly add them back one at a time (never could give him the 5 way again), each shot with a banamine chaser. I think I remember you treating GoGo for Lymes? It can really mess up their immune system.

Sorry for yours and Gogo's run of bad luck. I have so been there.

ps - a friends horse had the same treatment for tendon injury (prp?) last year and has been out cleaning up this year :)

Jennifer said...

I think this is Gogo's way of protesting about not getting her regular quota of Dunkin' Donuts. :)

Seriously though, sending healing thoughts and hugs from a newbie barefoot eventer from NC. Would love to meet you both one day!

Jenn said...

Good luck with everything! Positive thoughts bring positive results :)

Anonymous said...

Klein and I are hoping for the best for Gogomare!

Kristina said...

I think it's just a sit (lie?) down protest about the lack of fun stuff.

Really though, bad things come in threes, right? Lyme, legs, lying down. You're done now. Do you hear me horse gods? She's done!

manymisadventures said...

Aw, poor girl. Hope she feels better tomorrow!

MARGIE said...

My mare does the same thing when she gets her vaccines. Now I give her 10cc's of banamine when she gets ger vaccines- and she's been fine.

Good luck:)

Jennifer said...

holy guacamole!

GoGo! cut it out, right this instant! Off your bums and on your toes!

=) Hope she's better today.

SmartAlex said...

My horse always has bad reactions to vaccines, especially combos. No matter where you give them, he gets a lot of swelling, and for about 2-3 days he feels absolutely bleeping misearable.

I hope Gogo feels better soon and stops worrying her owner ;-)

Albigears said...

There is actually some compelling research out there that advises not to vaccinate for most things. I can't remember exactly, but a lot of the stuff in the 5-ways only stays in their system for a couple of months and then wears off. And the stabilizer in the shots is toxic. Rabies, yes. Possibly Strangles. Everything else is pretty much just a sham... according to the research.

Of course this doesn't help when your barn requires vaccinations.

Andrea said...

Thanks guys. A quick update: vet was out today during the time when she was feeling good, and found absolutely nothing. Then she went down again at 11:30, then again at 5. She's been up since and she has 10cc of banamine and 3cc of Ace on board to keep her quiet. So far she's all right, munching her hay... this is so weird. Vital signs are all normal, she's eating and drinking and pooping plenty! Just at random times will paw, go down, lay flat out and groan like she's miserable. But her HR stays at 20, which is ridiculous. It hasn't gone above 33 at all. (And wow she must be really fit!!)

So I dunno. All night vigil again tonight starting right now... sigh!!

Anonymous said...

Weird. Sort of sounds like she's just achey all over. You're lucky that you are able to monitor her all night - a luxury I would sometimes love to have...odd as that sounds. On the plus side, at least she's resting that leg!