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Clinician’s Keen Eye Helps Horse Beat the Odds
When Tango’s health rapidly declined over four days, owner Liz Casey relied on past experiences and the recommendations of others to decide his best chance of survival was in the hands of Tufts Hospital for Large Animals veterinarians.
October 25, 2014

“Tango led me through my second stint of competitive riding from Long Stirrup to Adult Equitation and the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Days of Champions,” says Liz Casey of her 19-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding’s impressive competitive career.

In April 2014, however, Tango developed a persistent fever, lost his appetite, and had a host of other vague symptoms, according to Liz. “His overall condition was declining, and after four days, it became clear he needed high-level care, immediate access to advanced diagnostic tools, and the collective team efforts of a large animal hospital. The obvious choice was Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center because of our own past experience, that of fellow equestrians, and local vet recommendations,” she explains.

Upon arrival, the emergency clinician zeroed in on a slight behavioral symptom that had been dismissed, causing Tufts staff to conduct additional testing and confirm the diagnosis: Septic Peritonitis. For the next 10 days, Tango underwent aggressive medical treatments, IV antibiotics, and round-the-clock monitoring. “Thanks to the exemplary care, effort, and skill of the Tufts team, Tango beat the odds and has now made a full recovery,” says Liz.

tango“These days, he is fully responsible for eating paddocks filled with clover, daily non-competitive riding, and the occasional gallop through the fields of Black Horse Farm in Touisett, RI.”