Finally - ACTH results back on Hope...now what...
I went over to trim Hope this AM. I was pleasantly surprised to see
her navigating about with her boots and pads. Owner says that for the
last several days she has been off her feed and lying down *a lot*.
However, after a 15 inch snowfall two weeks ago, we still have ice and
hard snow all around, so Hope is not happy walking in those
areas...but on cleared ground, not bad.
She did show some slight rotation in the RF on x-rays from about a
month ago. There is a slight bulge in front of the frog on that foot
and is reactive to hoof testers. She has a short toe/low heel trim
that I touched up. She has been obviously laminitic for 5 weeks now.
Insulin and glucose were reported almost two weeks ago...
Insulin 188 microU/ml range 0-65
Glucose 92 mg/dL range 70-120
ACTH 34 mg/ml No range reported but a comment of >50 pg/ml support
Hope is on the emergency diet but still considers beet pulp to be a
poison ;) Grass is double soaked with TCSSF used for morning meal.
No T3 T4 drawn but vet wants Hope on Thyro-l. Owner also using bute.
Hope is getting J-herb and AAKG.
Hope has lost quite a bit of weight...100 pounds? I'm not a good
judge of horse pounds. Some is obviously related to diet, and some
due to some days of not wanting to eat. You now have to really look
to find her crest - it wasn't too big to begin with, but now it's
Faith, Hope's pasture mate...very hard crest that runs length of neck.
Definitely considered fat, but has no lameness symptoms.
Glucose 94 mg/dL range 70-120
Insulin 92 microU/ml range 0-65
ACTH 27 pg/ml
Faith is barefoot with short toe/low heel trim. Also on emergency diet.
Vet wants her on Thyro-l, but no T3/T4 drawn. Owner's concerned over
possible glucose rise from thyroid meds so have withheld it. Faith is
getting J-herb just in case.
Getting grass analyzed is going to be tough since it's hard to find
grass around here to begin with.
Owner's questions/concerns -
What else to do?
When to redraw glucose and insulin?
And the biggie - how long can this take?
I am the intermediary since the owner's don't have internet access.
Thanks a million -