25 May 2011

Not Out of the Woods...Annie up-date

My Annie Girl at 3 weeks!

It was a little bit better of a day for Miss Annie.
Her temp has hovered around 99 degrees.
And while she will eat her hay, she is still refusing
to eat her grain.
Horses can rapidly lose weight when they are ill.
And Annie has shed a good  25 lbs.!
A little too much to lose in just 48 hours.

What we do know is that Annie has a very serious virus.
Her blood-work has been sent back to the lab
for a second test.
This test looks for the DNA of the particular
parasite that may have entered her body
through ingestion.
Although the horses are dewormed each month
this particular parasite may be one there is
no medicine for!
* when deworming horses you must use
a different dewormer medicine each month
so parasites do not become immune to just
one type*

And just like with human medicine,
there are certain Equine illnesses
that do not have a vaccine yet!

Often when horses are very stressed
and in pain often they will Colic.
So on top of the virus Annie's little body is harboring,
she also had a bad bout of Colic.
Colic is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnoses.
A double whammy for a very young horse...

So where are we?
Monitoring her closely!
Tomorrow will be her
third day of IV Oxytetracycline.
She is also getting horsey pain meds,
and Probiotics.

Even though Annie is ill,
she still is going outside each day to graze.
She needs to move around, get exercise,
 eat some yummy grass.

Today she enjoyed herself.
She didn't do any laps around the pasture,
but I do believe I spied her eyeing a
certain fence board that may be her next victim!
And you know what?
I would welcome having to nail
that sucker back to the fence!

Your wonderful comments and emails
have overwhelmed me.
Thank you for so many prayers and good thoughts.
Please keep them coming-
We are not out of the woods yet....

Warm hugs from both me and Annie~

The feeder in Annie's stall.

What Annie sees when she is laying down.


A Brit in Tennessee said...

That's good news, she's moving in the right direction.
I hope it turns out to be something much less severe, and sweet Annie is back to herself soon.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

So glad to hear from you, Misha. I am praying for ANNIE... Hope she will get well soon. Sounds like you have a wonderful Vet..

Bless Her Heart...
Prayers for ANNIE.

texwisgirl said...

oh, i am very encouraged by all of this! hurray, annie!!! keep getting stronger little girl! kick that virus' a**! :)

thanks for the update, misha! still keeping fingers, paws and hooves crossed here for you!

Rain said...

Oh Misha -my prayers and heart goes out to you! You and your beautiful Annie are in them daily now! Having just survived an anaphylactic experience in walk-in care myself and spent the week recovering from the meds that saved me-I'm a quite close to understanding too well a serious event you all are going thru. God bless you and be with you thru this safely.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Yes, we are moving in the right direction. Still concern... but it's looking better. I love that picture with her laying her head on J's shoulder. How sweet is that?! Hubby says too there are many weird equine viruses, not all of them we can prepare for or prevent. He said there is one that comes from the feces of wild animals (i.e., possums) that is harbored in hay when it is harvested. I don't even know how we could check or prevent something like that. We SO want to protect them against everything! We love them so. Still keeping Miss Annie and all of you in our prayers! Hoping and praying this treatment does the trick, and that Annie fights like the fighter she is too! Ready to see some fence boards all chewed up ;) Hugs to all.. Tammy & Crew

Elle Bee said...

Thanks for the update--been thinking of Annie this evening. Here's hoping the IV ab's do the trick!

allhorsestuff said...

Poor dear! You know she feels the love...she's so special. She does look worn, with her head on hubs shoulder. Her dapples are great. She still looks good, though some weight came of f.
Good that she's getting out, eyeballing the rails! That made me laugh.
Hang in there you two(3)!
Still keeping you all in prayers

Buttons and Quilts said...

Still praying.

Deb said...

So glad for the update. It sounds like she is getting better. Such a sweet picture with her head on J's shoulder. Sending get well wishes from here in Texas.


Donna said...

Thank goodness! I have prayed and thought about Annie, you and J all day! I have been awaiting an update.
I am so glad to see pics of her and hear that she is eyeing those fence rails! My hubby and I would gladly come help you repair them all (I have actually repaired some and cleaned horse poop out of stalls) if she will just keep improving and be super healthy!
Please give her a big hug and a smoochy kiss from me .... please :)
And an I LOVE YOU to her!
*Please keep us updated

AutumnSkyRanch said...

Your poor sweet Annie....and poor YOU! We have a horrible virus going around out here in the West. All shows, trainer facilities, etc. are on shutdown until they get a handle on it. I hope it hasn't hit the East Coast. Fortunately there are excellent facilities around the country to treat very sick horses. It's good that you haven't had to hospitalize her. So I am sending good thoughts all the way from California to you...and I am sure she will turn the corner soon.

Julie Harward said...

This sounds like good news Misha...prayers here yet, and hugs to you all. Sounds like she will get well and that is so wonderful. :D

Rural Revival said...

Please get better Andalucia. Listen to the vet and listen to Mishy and just get better!!!!

I am thinking of you all, constantly. That pic of Annie and J brought tears to my eyes. Please take care of each other, love you all very much.

Auntie Andie

Karen said...

Been thinking about you, glad to know it hasn't gotten worse, keep us posted on Annie's progress!... what virus?

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I'm with her every hour and looking for updates. If wishes and prayers can do miracles, Annie is set well from all of us who love her even if it has to be vicariously. We are right there!

Hartwood Roses said...

(This is Connie in Hartwood. Google won't let me sign in to comment as myself.)

I have been stalking your blog, hoping for new updates and good news, and unable to comment to offer prayers and support because of a technical glitch. Please know that you and Annie are in my thoughts, and I am sending prayers and white light to both of you.

The White Farmhouse said...

It sounds like everything is going a bit better for Annie. Hopefully, things will continue to get better. Poor girl! Poor you! Make sure that you take care of yourself too. You don't need to bring up a flare! You both are still in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanette said...

I'm glad Annie is getting a little better. I will continue to pray for you guys!

Joycee said...

Came over from Karen's This Old House...horse lover too! So sad to see Annie is struggling, poor baby. Sending hugs and prayers your way!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

That's great news Misha. I know she's got a long way to go but at least for now she's feeling a bit better if she's going outside and grazing. Love the picture of her with her head on J's shoulder..she knows she's loved. I hope you're feeling better too about things...I'm sure you're stressed to the max right now. I'll be watching for more updates and praying that all goes well for little Miss Annie. Take care my friend.
Maura X

Samantha said...

Still thinking about the little one..and your family..

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

As I typically do, I stalk your blog but haven't in the last few days--I am catching up on your news and will add my prayers and send healthy, healing thoughts for your precious Annie and you too!!!

Beth said...

Warm thoughts for Annie's recovery is coming your way. Please give her a big, big hug and a good rub from another horse lover.

Sydney_bitless said...

I am thinking about Annie. I hope they find out what it is soon! It wouldn't be EPM would it? I know many horses who live with EPM.

Karen said...

Sounds encouraging, Misha! I will keep you all in my prayers. When our horses are sick, it makes us worry so! Come on Annie!!!

I am on the West coast where the EHV1 is going around. It's a herpes virus in horses and is very deadly. My daughter's horse was at a show recently and he's now in quarantine until we know if he was exposed. Probably not, but it's better safe than sorry, for the other horses exposed. I know how you love your horses and especially the babies. They are so special!

hron said...

Annie has so many people "pulling for her" . . . my prayers continue. Please continue the updates. Thank you.

Amy said...

Awww, bless her heart, poor thing! I really hope by the time you get this comment there is some good news for Annie. We still have fingers and paws crossed for her and prayers going....hope she will be well soon. Lots of love and hugs from the gang in Norway

Country Dreaming said...

Glad to hear that Miss Annie is doing a little better and that she is going outside.
Continued prayers for all as she battles and takes down this bad virus.

Make sure you and J get rest too. can't have you two getting sick also!

Give Annie a hug for me!