Dr. Ryan examined Starbuck and the diagnosis is Patent Urachus. We will stay on top of this – we don’t want there to be any infection. Starbuck has been on antibiotics and his blood work is ok. Here is a link so you can read about it – treatment, prognosis, etc. http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/HealthConditions/LargeAnimalEquineTopics/PatentUrachusinFoals/.
Dr. Ryan also stained Starbuck’s eye today – it’s been itching him and it’s been teary – we don’t want to take any chances. There are no ulcerations – whew! Starbuck seems to be standing taller – his legs a bit stronger. He’s eating milk replacer pellets and drinking water – he still nurses some off of his momma but she just isn’t making much milk.
I’m feeling better with Starbuck’s progress – today he was more animated. And him and his momma are both more vocal each day.
Thank you all for caring. I’m sorry the update is so short but I’m beat. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.