Aziza came down with Pigeon Fever followed by hoof issues
Quick background, Aziza came to AAE with three herdmates after the death of her owner. She had lived on 80-acres of lush green pasture, and she had dealt with chronic laminitis and founder. Her hooves had been horribly neglected, and they have been a work in progress since arrival. She was doing amazingly well. Overnight, Aziza developed an enormous abscess over her left chest/shoulder. The dreaded Pigeon Fever resulted in immediate isolation. Since AAE’s beginning, we have had only three other cases of PF, very minor in comparison. Aziza’s veterinary treatment involved waiting a few days for the abscess to “ripen”, opening and draining the abscess (there were four pockets), flushing the pocket, installing a drain, and starting on a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory/pain meds. Ongoing care included daily cleaning and flushing the area, and applying an abundance fly products. Aziza's abscess healed, but shortly after treatment was completed, laminitis struck! Radiographs showed one of her coffin bones appeared to rotate a tiny bit more than when initially radiographed at intake. She’s been on a little roller coaster, but she finally seems to be over the hump with her laminitis, and the PF is resolving after a second course of antibiotics. It’s been a bit of a setback, but she is making great improvement and looking forward to joining her herdmates in the big pasture (dry). Aziza’s vet costs this year are over $1500.