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3MoodyMaresMum

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Not a great vet visit

Well, spent 3 hours with the Vet today and its all a bit sad really.

Anya, no idea what the growth is on her fetlock but it is new bone, not a ringbone as it is in the wrong place, doesn't appear to be cancer but it has grown again in the last week, so we are going to watch and wait. Lucky she is sound so once she gets another clear blood test she can go out - hooray!

Welshie, good news its not a tumour, its not guttural pouch problem, does not appear to be hay fever, but her airways were covered in mucus and what almost looked like small blisters so samples have gone off to the lab and we wait.  When being scoped you could see food particles going into the airways which is not right, and I might add disgusting to watch on the monitor - but me being me I have a dvd of it all as well!!!

ZZ, not good at all and I am so upset.  She no longer has any rotation thanks to the wonderful work of my farrier, and she has no arthritis but her pedal bones have sunk since her last x-rays which is so depressing.  We discussed her going out to grass but in all honesty it does not look like this will happen because of the risks of laminitis so I guess this is probably reaching a stage I will have to decide what is best - I know she loves her stable and being in but it can't be forever.

My Vet does not feel I need make decsions at the moment, all are pain free and happy so he sees no problem in continuing with my management system, so I guess that is good news.  So now I wait for the lab results for Welshie so we know what we are dealing with.

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: Not a great vet visit

Like you say, they are all pain free at the moment, so thats good news.

Hope Welshies results come soon, and Anya's next bloods come clear so she can enjoy some sunshine (if we ever get any). Strange growth, does the vet have no idea?

Poor ZZ, at least she likes her stable though, it would be worse if she was longing to get out.

 

Hope you are ok too, bites and bruises healing well?  And can't you upload the vid of Welshies inners on here?  Sounds gross, but also interesting, lol!

Best wishes, Jen

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Not a great vet visit

Well at least things haven't really got worse, and they are pain free, which must be a relief.

Welshies insides - I know, I had to hold the scope tube thingy when Bracken had an endoscopy for respiratory problems, looks disgusting, but fascinating at the same time, lol.

Poor ZZ, would she be able to go out on a very bare patch, or just mooch round outside the stable at all?

Take care,

Sue xx

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: Not a great vet visit

On the brightside they are all pain free and happy at the moment. Does the vet have any idea what the bony growth is? Never had to have a scope done to any of mine but i would think it would be quite fasinatining to watch. Hope they all stay well enough to continue enjoying themselves in their own ways.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Not a great vet visit

I'm all better thank you Jen, just the old emotions are battered and bruised now!  I will see if I can upload the video, if not some of the pictures of Welshie inners!

Vet has no idea what this extra bone growth is about with Anya, very strange indeed, it is not even close to where she bangs herself when she falls over, I will see if I can get a picture and upload that too.  I will measure it later as we are sure its grown in the last 2 weeks, so it will be interesting.  I am so sad, when she had her last episode I stood and counted her breathing, interesting as during an episode it is 36 breaths per minute!!

As for ZZ, at the moment she still isn't sound which still suggests a degree of laminitis, when she was trimmed last week farrier said there was a lot of evidence of seperation in the foot.  We have decided to keep her off Danilon for the moment and save it for when we really need too, but I would like to be able to take her for a little wander around the yard each day, see how she goes - she is always very clear on whether she is going out or not!

I feel for my Vet, he said months ago I only told him I had one challenging case, then Anya started with her little challenging case and now Welshie - he must dread seeing my number come up or my email address!  Oh and downside I looked on Welshie's insurance and because she had always been so healthy I didn't get cover for vet fees arghhhhhh.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Not a great vet visit

Take the positives - Welshie has healthy gutteral pouches so you know that disaster's not going to happen, whatever else she has sounds like it may be inflammatory in origin given the mucus and blisters and there is bound to be something they can do about that.  ZZ is still happy and painfree with no athritis and no rotation, and your farrier may be able to stabilise the sinker - I know how you feel with this one as I had to keep Rhapsody in more or less for 2 years with this problem, in the end he got a lot better and could go out and even be lightly ridden, he had another 4 years with us after it.  Goodness knows what is up with Anya but at least it's not cancer - you're still looking for answers with all of them but in at least 2 of them the worst case you could have thought it was has been excluded.  Chin up, you're doing a grand job!

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