Treatment Record for Cowboy. Click on each entry to see what treatment was given
1st vet visit
2nd vet visit
3rd vet visit
4th vet visit
5th vet visit
Admitted to hospital
Veterinarian’s findings= Cowboy is depressed and not eating, has a fever of 102.8 degrees Farenheight (39.3 degrees Celcius), mild mucoid nasal discharge and inducible cough. A dose of flunixin meglumine was given
(flunixin meglumine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), analgesic, and antipyretic used in horses. One of its common uses is to alleviate fever and pain).
Veterinarian’s findings= Cowboy still has nasal discharge and cough, but no fever. She seems bright, alert, and responsive. Increased tracheal noise and lung sounds apparent upon auscultation. Bacterial pneumonia suspected and mare was started on a 5 day course of trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole orally twice daily.
(trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole is a combination of a bacteriostatic antibiotic, trimethoprim, and a sulfonamide antibiotic. trimethoprim in combination with either sulfamethoxazole (SMZ) or sulfadiazine (SDZ) has a wide spectrum of activity against Gram negative and positive organisms.)
Veterinarian’s findings= Cowboy has improved and told owner to finish previous 5-day course of antibiotics (trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole).
(trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole is a combination of a bacteriostatic antibiotic, trimethoprim, and a sulfonamide antibiotic. Trimethoprim in combination with either sulfamethoxazole (SMZ) or sulfadiazine (SDZ) has a wide spectrum of activity against Gram negative and positive organisms.
Veterinarian’s findings= Mild nasal discharge had returned and Cowboy is coughing occasionally shortly after being fed. He is bright and alert, has no fever and has a slight increase in tracheal noise with normal lung sounds. Started on a second course of antibiotics consisting of enrofloxacin orally once daily for 5 days.
(enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone)
Owner Treatment: After finishing the last veterinarian-prescribed antibiotic course, Suzie seemed to have improved for a while, but the nasal discharge and cough returned again. The owners administered Procaine penicillin, which is a beta-lactam antibiotic. This antibiotic was purchased at a local farm store and given as an intramuscular injection once a day for 3 days. Suzie was also given a 3 day course of gentamicin, which is an aminoglycoside. This antibiotic was left over from a previous treatment for another horse.
Veterinarian’s findings= Cowboy still has nasal discharge and was started on oral erythromycin3 times daily.
(erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic)
On the second day of treatment with erythromycin, Cowboy was dull and not eating. Upon physical examination, a temperature of 103 degrees Farenheight (39.4 degrees Celcius), a heart rate of 60 beats per minute, and a capillary refill time of 4 seconds were found. The gelding had increased gastrointestinal sounds and diarrhea in his tail. He was referred to the veterinary school for further treatment and diagnostics for suspected enterocolitis.