When Cozy App, a lean and leggy Thoroughbred filly, was admitted to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals in early September, the odds were stacked against her. No stranger to the hospital, this was her third trip to New Bolton Center in as many months. She was suffering from a stubborn pneumonia that would show signs of abating, but return with added complications, despite intensive treatment and management.
“She is a very special girl,” said the filly’s owner and trainer Justin Sallusto. “She refused to go down. She just kept fighting despite a very high fever.”
On this visit to the New Bolton Center, Cozy App’s appetite was poor and she had been losing weight. The filly seemed uncomfortable. She was easily irritated and lacked the feistiness typical of her age and breeding.
Cozy App’s lung sounds were difficult to hear and her heart sounds were radiating across her chest, suggesting that fluid had once again built up around her lungs. An ultrasound examination revealed a large, well encapsulated, abscess present throughout her right chest. A large portion of her right lung was also no longer inflated and was adhered to her chest wall, covered in products of tissue inflammation and infection.
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