I watched Tex’s surgery today, and that was a wonderful experience. I got to breathe for him, and I got to be there when they took him back, and when he woke up, and tell him goodbye when I had to leave for the day and you could tell that he recognized my voice. He basically had an impaction- he’s probably going to be fine. (We just removed a section of his intestine- it was clogged up due to horse manure he’d eaten and due to a hole in the mesenteric wall). Doc said that is the first time in 40 years he’s seen that (the hole- not the crap eating!). The issue now is that he doesn’t die from renal failure due to an infection from the toxins. I love my Texas! This afternoon they told me that he had been quite perky and knew that he was going to get to go outside and knew that he was going to go back to his kennel.
Shuttle got really bad lame yesterday afternoon with her sore right stifle. So I had to take her to the vet today too- I think her stifle is infected. I hate it.
She certainly has an infection in her right stifle joint. We don’t know what it is from, and the odds of it happening are 1 in about 200,000 horses. The doctor, has only had 2 in his lifetime prior to my horse. Apparently what happens is that there is some form of bacteria in the horse’s system to begin with, and the cortisone reacts with that. I guess that what we’ll do from now on is make sure she’s on an antibiotic prior to/ or at the same time as the injections.
Anyway, she’s at his clinic for the week, as he’ll need to lay her down to flush the joint- so we’ll use some Rompum mixed with another drug that escapes me right now, and he’ll put her down for about 30 minutes and flush the joint a few times this week. He sent off the nasty red joint fluid he got out of the joint to the lab so they can tell him what’s in it.
My Poor Shuttle!
I have been to see a vet 9 times in the last 17 days. I’ve seen 6 different doctors and the same doctor 4 times.
I hope the coast is now clear. 🙂
Many, many thanks to the complete strangers that prayed for and thought of my dog and me, and much thanks to John for his supporting me and Tex.