|What's up Mom?|
So the good news: Our vet believes with time Winston will make a full recovery. She is really pleased with the progress he has made in three days. He still has the careful, flat footed walk characteristic of laminitis, but it is not as obvious. She quickly set up for the procedure.
|Give the pony a sleepy cocktail|
|Clean and sterilize the area for IV|
|Load the syringes with laminil|
|Apply tourniquet and IV|
The Bad: The same day Winston was diagnosed, Jenna came up really lame. Three days later she was even worse. She barely puts weight on her right front and throws her head and neck upwards to get moving. It has to be the most horrible thing to watch her move. Mom and I were really worried, but her owner was confident she could get her through it. We mentioned how bad she looked to the vet and as we walked out to show Rosemary's eye to her, she saw for herself. Since she had to wait for Winston anyway, she said she would look at Jenna's foot. Hoof testing quickly showed the abscess point was on the inside bar. She that was a weird spot. I said Jenna is normally weird. She dug it out and pus began draining. A little more digging, more pus. I have to say I have never seen such a bad abscess. What's more, our vet said she had not seen one recently. A little Ace, finally helped settle her while her foot soaked. We finished with Winston, and said good bye to the vet before finishing Jenna.
The Ugly: We decided to call her owner, to let her know what happened. She was not happy and questioned our judgement letting someone work on her horse. As if we would let just anyone handle her horse. My jaw dropped as she asked how much it would cost her. She continued to complain about the fact the vet recommended stall rest. She completely brushed off the severity of the abscess. Okay, now I was ticked off and Mom was too when I explained. Our vet was charging her nothing. As she put it, she had time to kill and she could not leave her when she was in so much pain. By the time she came to the barn she had changed her tune a bit, but the words had already been said. She told us she had a bad week...really. Geez, we would not know anything about how that is.
We checked on Winston that evening, and gave him some pain medication. He could not have any until 6 hours after the procedure. I was glad to see she did leave Jenna in for the night. The poor girl was exhausted just from moving around with the girls. So hopefully, both the lame ponies are feeling better tomorrow.
|Rosemary making me feel less mentally exhausted.|