From: Vicki/ladywife <ladywife@b...>
Date: Sun Apr 29, 2001 12:33 am
It sounds like Bambi is suffering from a severe
nitrate toxicity caused by
the digestion of the laying pellets. They probably had corn meal
too and are high in protein. As the laying pellets mixed with the
juices in her mouth, then stomach, and then small intestine it began
releasing nitrates into her bloodstream.
Her kidneys are stressed trying to filter and remove the nitrates.
Her feet are very tender. Standing on them causes a throbbing
walking is like getting stabbed in the sole with a knife.
Her fetlock, knees, and hocks are aching. The longer she stands or
around the more damage occurs by fluid building up in her lower legs
restricting the circulation to her feet.
The four things
you can do to help her is
#1 walk her at
least 5 minutes an hour. She is going to object because
it is so painful but walking on soft ground is the only way to increase
circulation to her feet to remove the buildup of fluids from the soft tissues.
#2 is gently massage
her front legs moving from pastern upwards to her elbow
like your are pulling on tight, stretchy stockings. This will help breakdown
fluid in her tissues and stimulate her circulation.
#3 make a soft, mucky wet spot she can stand in to help cool
#4 is get as much water
into her as possible to help reduce the toxic buildup of
nitrates in her kidneys. You can mix 1/4 cup of dark Karo corn syrup
maple flavor pancake syrup with 4 tablespoons of salt (dissolved in 4
tablespoons of HOT water) and use a syringe (no needle) to squirt it in
mouth as far back on her tongue as you can. The salt will encourage
Do not give her Bute or Banamine.
Her kidneys are already stressed and do not need the added stress
to cope with a chemical pain reliever. Pain is not a bad thing.
nature's way of telling her she is ill. Giving her a chemical (bute)
relieve her pain is a shortcut treatment that can cause more harm than
Instead of using a pain reliever the time spent walking her allows you
with her when she needs the comforting of a human and the walking will
kill her or possibly damage her kidneys like the chemical could.
The muscle weakness and wobbling you see is because her muscles are
being robbed of energy fuel because her entire body is trying to
deal with the
nitrate toxicity instead of breaking down whatever she eats into fuel to
her muscles. She is also being drowned by fluid buildup. As
levels rises she will get dull-witted with moments of extreme agitation.
Sort of dopey acting and stagger and stumble. If you can keep her
feet and keep her moving she does have a good chance for a full recovery.
Some donkeys can eat a 50 pound sack of high-protein feed and have no
obvious ill effects except for some very stinky farts. Others can
eat a 3
lb coffee can of average feed and founder.
Please keep us posted on how Bambi is doing.
mineral oil ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Get the vet out there to tube mineral oil into her so you can
move those pellets out of her gut as quickly as possible to reduce the
damage they are doing to her kidneys.
If she is at risk of gas blockage colic, which she most likely is at
this point, ask your vet if you can give her one tablespoon per hour of
Maalox for 4 hours, wait 6 hours and repeat it for 4 hours. Maalox
a laxative effect too.
At 08:11 PM 4/28/01 -0000, you wrote:
>Two days ago when I got home from work, I found Bambi, my standard
>jennet had managed to squeeze herself into the chicken coop. This
>meant she gorged on laying pellets and some hen scratch.
>Yesterday I noticed she was hanging her head and a little lethargic,
>but she had a good appetite, but a little slow to move around. She
>ate her dinner as usual. I felt her all over and she kicked me when I
>reached her belly just in front of her hind legs. I am thinking,
>okay, maybe she has a good case of gas, because her appetite seems
>Today, she is still quite lethargic, she is lying in the sun, and
>almost wobbly on her legs, like they can't support her.
>I have cleaned out her hooves, and she did have a stone or two in
>them, and she ate her breakfast. I brushed her all over this
>morning, and she didn't mind being touched anywhere. This afternoon,
>she is lying out in the sun with her head down, (I thought she was
>dead!) and when I felt around her body, she got very upset when I
>touch her on her belly just before her hind legs. When she gets up
>she seems very weak, like you feel when you have the flu.
>She was just wormed a week or so ago. Do you think it is because
>her pigging out? They have done this before and managed to get
>through it all right with lots of water on hand and straw.
>Any suggestions? I have put a call into my vet, but no answer as
>Worried in NW BC