EMS horse who is anaemic and has SPD?!

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Sox12, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Sox12

    Sox12 New Member

    Does anyone else out there have a horse who has EMS, is anaemic and has soft palate displacement? Or any one of those things? And how have you been treating it? Does anyone have an EMS horse that feels well enough to be in work ect?

    My horse was diagnosed with EMS at the start of last year but has been dubbed by other vets 'not a cushings horse' because he doesn't have fat deposits and all those other symptoms ect. But at the start of last year had an acth of 1100 and I was told he should be dead (he was overweight).... I had him on pergolide for the whole of last year and that just destroyed his coat and seemed to make him feel worse. Since the acth test last year he has dropped off weight and is looking great, his crest has almost disappeared and is feeling great and his acth off pergoide for 3 weeks was 'normal' but now I have him on a diet to manage all that.. But he is now also aneamic and has a bloody dislocating soft palate!

    Does anyone know if the aneamia is linked to EMS somehow maybe by ulcers or do EMS horses normally have low iron?
    Or with the soft palate displacement and possible constant infections (every time I go to the vet he's treated for a lung infection of some sort) with high White cell blood count can that cause aneamia too?
    Don't have a bloody clue at the moment! But the vets don't seem to explain much to me they just treat the problem and don't look into it any further..
  2. EVP

    EVP Gold Member

    If you are finding that your vets are not being open helpful or proactive then I suggest seeing another vet. And if your not happy then see another one after that. I learnt a long time ago that sometimes you have to chase your answers and that might mean chasing vets or doctors. Try a larger diagnostic vet centre or maybe one attached to a university. It might mean travel or more money but you might get to the bottom of the problem which might help or prolong the life of your horse. I don't know where you are but perhaps travelling to an equine specialist vet practise might be a good start. Good luck.

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