Spoke with the Doc a few minutes ago. The blood work came out very well -PTL!!!!!!!! Mikey's is a little bit off but not enough to keep her worried. As of yet, I had not changed the bedding, as the shavings make it so easy to keep clean and sanitary. However, Doc said that she has had several foals that were HIGHLY ALLERGIC to shavings. She said to start using straw (ughh) and spritz it so it isn't dusty. We are taking the "do less" approach right now, and she is very cognizant of our budget. She wants to watch them and see if the wormer makes a difference. She said that worms can cause coughing, difficulty breathing and lung issues, especially when foals are so compromised. So this is where we are headed. She did indicate that it most likely will be a very long and slow process for them to get where we want them. She is the Doc who saved Honey Bandit, so I have to say that she does amazing work. I also have to say that her integrity is showing as we initially thought she would have to do a lung culture right away. After seeing them she was worried about a bacterial infection, so she chose the blood work instead. Am extremely grateful that she didn't just jump in and do everything all at once, although it would be nice to know for sure what is making them so sick. Please continue your prayers!! God bless!
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