Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wally`s Shocker!! (Contains some scenes that might offend!)

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He looks a bit stressed!!


You all remember how Wally got wormed yesterday?…….Got home from work at 6am this morning, to find him standing quiet, and a bit sweaty, he was also kicking his belly!!

To all those of you with horses, first reaction?  Collic!!   So out came the vet an hour later, big examination, “Looks like we got him early!”  quoted the vet.

Anyway without going into too much detail!!!!  It turned out to be an infestation of Roundworms!  Horrible “Big” buggers!  But we helped him shift them, although I had followed the vets advice, about the amount of wormer to give him, it would seem we underestimated the worm burden!  (And how!)

So with a new stall, and clean straw, a good wash down, Wally is back on track!    It was a bit scary, but he will be fine,  he is now eating literally like a horse, although he is limited to small amounts for a while.


Here is one of the creatures!!!  

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  1. Glad you got it sorted - poor fellow!

  2. Poor boy, our Camryn knows how he feels. She went thru the same thing shortly after we got her, right down to the colic. Glad he's OK

  3. Poor Wally!! Those were better OUT than In, that's for sure!! He'll really perk up now I bet!!

  4. Now he will start looking better, putting on weight and getting a shiny coat.

  5. Thanks for the news, and glad to hear the patient is doing well.

  6. Thanks everyone! There was a point earlier on, when we thought that he was in a touch and go situation!

    But its now 4pm gmt, and he has picked up nicely, drinking like he could swallow a river, and he is walloping the hay!

    Vet came back an hour ago, gave him a thumbs up! Hate those parasites!(not the vet!)

  7. One of our donkeys had the same reaction the first time we wormed him. Sometimes they come to us with a heavy parasite load and then the kill off from the wormer sends them into a tail spin. It scared us when it happened to Tuffy also. Like Wally, he pulled through just fine.

  8. where does the worm normally reside?

  9. Hi Anne, these worms reside in the intestines.
    These are the largest parasites reaching a length of up to 30cm long and about the thickness of a pencil. Their eggs, which contain the infective larvae, are well protected by a thick sticky outer coat that enables them to survive for years on pasture and in stables.

    Horses and foals are infected by swallowing the eggs picked up from the pasture or from cracks and crevices in contaminated stabling. The larvae migrate through the bloodstream to the liver and lungs before returning to the small Intestine to develop Into adults again. These can be present in the foal's small intestine from 12 weeks of age.

    Adult worms can cause stop weight gain and lead to the emaciation of the foal. Heavy burdens can block the gut causing digestive problems, and in rare cases a fatal blockage or rupture of the gut. Migrating larval stages can cause 'summer colds' with fever, coughing and loss of appetite as they migrate through the lungs. They are such an issue, trouble is, indiscriminate worming, or the wrong use of the wrong type of wormer`s can cause the parasite to become immune.

  10. Ewwww, worms are so gross. Glad Wally's on the mend!

  11. He will feel better without those guests, that's for sure...

  12. I freaked the first time I saw one of these! Aren't they crazy looking. Sounds likeyou are getting him fixed up well.

  13. Glad Wally is all good and on the mend ....has reminded me my boys need worming .....oh and the cat, dog, kids ....and probably at the end of the day me and hubby too!!!!

  14. Hi Sally!...Good to hear from you. You wont worm your husband will you? Lol!!!!

    Poor fellah!

  15. Hi! Just found your blog and thought I would ass something for everyone dealing w/ parasite problems -

    Round worms are transmitable to humans. If you want the whole story - let me know, otherwise just trust me from personal experience.