Fancy remained under observation for four days, with continued supportive medications and intravenous fluids.
Fancy remained under observation at BVEH for four days, with continued supportive medications and intravenous fluids. Gradually, the swelling receded until she could once again breathe through both of her nostrils as well as eat and drink.
“Dr. Judd told me that normally horses need to be on fluid for four or five days after a bite,” says Ezell. “But she bounced back in three. This may have been because of the antivenin we gave her. I think people need to consider that when deciding if it’s worth giving antivenin. It’s an extra expense, but what you save in days of fluid therapy could make it worthwhile.”
Once the swelling was down, Fancy’s eye could be examined. “We saw a small abscess on her cornea,” says Janicek. “It could have been from a nick of a fang or it could have been from her rubbing her eye immediately after the bite.” Whatever the cause, the treatment was