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Brooke Update

13th March 2017

WARNING *Upsetting Images*

Brooke was taken into charity care on Thursday 2nd March and had a very lucky escape thanks to a passer-by, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Rase Vets. Brooke was stuck in the River Till after slipping on the very wet river bank. It is unknown how long Brooke had been in the water, but she was very weak and unable to stand. Brooke’s emergency treatment began immediately.

Unfortunately, the decision was made with vets on Sunday to have Brooke put to sleep. Although she showed positive early signs, she began to deteriorate and became very weak. Brooke was provided with four litres of plasma on Friday as she had started to show signs of deterioration, her Albumin had decreased and her heart rate began to increase to 60 beats per minute (bpm). By Saturday, she had deteriorated further and her Albumin was still decreasing despite the plasma transfusion she had been provided with. Still with an elevated heart rate, Brooke was administered with another two litres of plasma, she was laid in her stable, and due to her weak state she was unable to stand without help from the staff. Brooke was regularly checked and assisted to stand. By Sunday, Brooke had deteriorated very quickly and her heart rate increased to 90bpm, she was unable to get up as she was too weak. With chronic diarrhoea, Brooke had developed further complications which was a huge concern to the staff and veterinary team, which is why the decision was made to end her suffering.

The team at the Animal Reception Centre (ARC) along with vets, worked tirelessly in an attempt to save Brooke’s life and give her the best possible chance. We hope  our supporters will take comfort in the fact that Brooke was dry, warm and was loved in her last few days.

Thank you to everyone for their support, it is only with your help that we can be here for horses like Brooke.