Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00
Barbie, the horse that was treated at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences for snake bites and other complications using Maggot Debridement Therapy, returned to the Veterinary Center’s Large Animal Clinic last week for a routine follow up visit.
“Barbie has done phenomenal,” says owner Janie Kaser of Morris, Okla. “She runs and plays with the other horses and never appears winded.”
Kaser cleaned Barbie’s wound two to three times a day and administered antibiotics as ordered by the attending veterinarian at the time of Barbie’s discharge.
“Barbie’s disposition has changed since she has been through all of this,” she explains. “Before, Barbie was very aggressive. Now she stands still and lets me clean her wound. During the night when she was receiving medicine every 8 hours, I would wake her up, give her the syringe of medicine and she would go right back to sleep. She didn’t even stand up.”
According to her owner, Barbie “eats like a pig,” which is good considering the young filly lost approximately 150 pounds during her life-threatening ordeal.
“Her weight gain has been exceptional,” reports Dr. Todd Holbrook, Equine Internal Medicine. “She weighs 945 pounds, which is normal for a horse her size; and the wound healing has been dramatic since her last exam.”
Dr. Holbrook cautions that Barbie may have to have some small skin grafts but it is too soon to tell. For now, the Kasers are thrilled with her progress and very thankful for the care Barbie continues to receive at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
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Daughter of Champion Horse Survives Snake Bite and Medical Complications