Marrakesh turned two weeks old yesterday, and he celebrated at the vet clinic.
I received a call on Monday evening from the clinic’s veterinary intern. She told me that Marrakesh continued to spike fevers despite receiving Banamine and a different broad spectrum antibiotic. They performed a thoracic ultrasound to check his lungs, which looked good. The next step they wanted to take was performing a blood culture. The blood culture might reveal which bacteria were affecting him, and help the vets target that bacteria more specifically. The veterinary intern advised that Marrakesh continued to be alert, active, and interested in nursing. I gave them the go-ahead to do the blood culture.
Yesterday, I spoke with the vet who’s been treating Marrakesh. He told me the clinic didn’t have the tubes needed to do the blood culture; they’re expecting a shipment today. Since the culture will need at least 48 hours to grow, the results won’t be available until at least this weekend. The vet told me the same thing the intern had- Marrakesh is alert, nursing, and acting fairly normal even with the persistent fever.
I told the vet my primary concern is how this early illness will affect Marrakesh long-term. The vet advised me that if they could keep the infection from affecting his joints (“joint ill”), they expect him to recover and be a useful adult.
I trust the team of vets at the clinic where Marrakesh is being treated. They’ve been my go-to people for years, and they’re some of the best in Oklahoma. But I was really frustrated after talking to them yesterday. Why didn’t one of the largest equine hospitals in the state have equipment for a blood culture? Why wasn’t a blood culture brought up sooner? Why can’t anyone seem to figure out what’s going on with Gina’s colt?
I’m not angry, and I certainly don’t think the clinic staff is negligent. I’m just frustrated and concerned for Marrakesh. I want him to get well and come home. Hopefully he’ll be able to do so in the next couple of weeks!