Thursday, July 5, 2007

Vet Report

We had an encouraging report at the vet's office today. We are not out of the woods yet by any stretch but have made some progress and there was no more rotation of the coffin bone which is a major thing. The x-rays showed some beginnings of an abscess inside the worst hoof so he cut out enough so that could drain. Sorry if you have a weak stomach! It didn't seem to hurt Buddy at all thankfully. I now have to soak his left foot in warm water and Epson salts twice a day which is a big improvement over the cold water with ice in it! I also have to put some Nitroglycerin Ointment on the pulse to try to get that slowed down in his feet. I have to wear rubber gloves as it absorbs into the skin and I don't want it to absorb into my skin. We will try this unless he starts retaining fluid in his legs and underbelly. He still will need the pads on his feet but I have that down to a science so that's no problem and he still will be on the pain med but should be tapering off more all the time. It's already cut in half and he is doing well on that much. My vet was still being careful not to make this sound all fine and dandy as we know it isn't but was pleased with the improvements that we did have.

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts, comments and prayers! I appreciate it soooooooooo much!

13 comments:

Donna said...

Wow, what a mess! The horse I had that foundered simply got better when taken off pasture.

Tonya said...

oh wow - I am so unbelievably excited that you got "good news" of sorts from the visit today.

You sure a good horse Mama. I love my guys but I would be about to pull my hair out. When we had an abcess, I thought I was going to have a breakdown!

Hang in there! Your love and hard work is paying off!

the moose buyer said...

oh that sounds so great. What a miracle and Buddy is sure one lucky horse.

I am so happy that everything is looking up.

PEA said...

The report certainly was encouraging but I'm glad the vet isn't giving you any false hopes! Buddy does seem to be thriving under your tender loving care, though:-) Just love the pictures of him!! xoxo

Joan said...

I am so glad to read that Buddy's condition seems to have improved. He obviously has one heck of a nurse taking care of him. Hopefully he will continue on the road to recovery.

palmtreefanatic said...

super! I will continue to pray for him;)

Myrna said...

I am so glad to hear that the news was more optimistic than not. You are doing a great job for that sweet horse!

Mimi said...

Just checking to see how the vet visit went with Buddy, glad to hear that there is some improvement. You certainly are taking very good care of him and I know that whatever is best for him you will be sure to do it.Love all your pictures, your garden looks awesome,I have never had problems with the deer but don't have all the flowers that you do. I can see why your got a blogger award, your site is wonderful.

KC said...

I'm so glad you got a bit of better news on buddy. I hope he continues to get well. Poor guy.

BarnGoddess said...

I am glad the vet check went okay. It sounds like Buddy is in good hands w/ your vet, and you looking after him. That makes the world of difference!

Susie said...

Encouraging news from the vet! I know it brightened your day!
hugs!

Dawn said...

YOu are such a dedicated "mom" to your dear horse! Blessings.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

So glad you got a good report! Hang in there Buddy!