Upon physical examination, the filly seemed bright and alert, but her heart rate was still high. She was nursing and did lay around more than normal. She was kept for observation. Later in the day she was examined again and the mare’s bag was still full. The filly hadn’t been nursing much throughout the day.
Blood work revealed a low white blood cell count, elevated creatine, potassium and lactate levels.
Ultrasound findings revealed a rupture in the ventral aspect of her bladder.
A IV catheter was placed and she was given Sodium Chloride with Dextrose to help with her metabolic imbalance. She was also started on IV antibiotics and anti-inflammatory therapy. She was sedated and her abdomen was clipped and prepped in a sterile manner. Urine that was pooled in her abdomen, approximately 1.5-2 gallons, was drained off using a teat canula.