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Little Peanut’s Story

Peanut being treated with an IV at EMC

I have owned my little palomino mini mare, Peanut, since she was 3 months old. Although she is tiny, she packs a lot of personality into that little body. And if there's one thing that Peanut usually loves, it’s mealtime. However, this wasn't the case in mid-November when I received a call from Dr. Linda Neimeier of Haymarket Vet, the owner of the farm where Peanut lives, saying, “Peanut isn't feeling very well this morning. She isn't hungry for her breakfast, and she isn't acting normally." Of course, I jumped in my car and headed to the farm. When I got there, I saw that Dr. Neimeier was right. Peanut was lethargic and clearly uncomfortable.

Little Peanut had very recently been treated for a corneal abcess, and the pain from this, combined with her medication and a long trip down to NC State for treatment, just hadn't agreed with her. For two days and nights, she was treated on the farm for colic, but she wasn't improving. The decision then was made to bring her to the EMC.

We were met upon arrival by Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Reig. After their initial assessment, it was thought that Peanut probably had a bowel impaction. For the next week and a half, she was treated with IV fluids, NG lavages, lidocaine, and dextrose as this gradually resolved.

Throughout this entire process, I knew that Peanut couldn't have been in better hands. Whether it was Dr. Khatibzadeh texting me at midnight to inform me of some signs of improvement, Dr. MacDonald coming by to give Peanut a quick hug and check on her, or Dr. Reig just coming by to give us words of encouragement, it felt as though the whole staff was rooting for her to get better. The nurses were kind enough to tolerate my constant presence and allowed me to participate in her care by taking Peanut for her walks. Even the receptionist, Audrey, and the lab staff, Lisa and Karen, came to visit Peanut.

Thanks to the wonderful care that we received at the EMC, Peanut recovered fully and was able to go home on Dec. 3. She is back with her buddy, Rugby, and is enjoying life on the farm again: long walks on the trails, lessons with her trainer, and, of course, her mealtimes!

Robin Jacobs
Centreville, Virginia