Thursday, January 14, 2010

More horse issues..........

This has been the week that was.  You know how sometimes things just come in bunches.  Now compared to what is going on over in Haiti this is minor but to me it is a big thing.  Anyone who knows me knows that my animals are part of the family and treated as such.

Monday I got a call from the stable and Nick's bandages had slipped down again.  I may have already blogged about this but my head is spinning so don't know which end is up about anything so bear/bare with me.  Which is it, bare or bear?  One of those deep questions, but I digress.  Also we thought Nick was having problems urinating.  Sorry, this is probably TMI but it's my life and how it's going right now.  In the aftercare it said to look out for this so we called the vet and he came over.

Things were okay and it was a false alarm on the p-ing front which is the good news.  Leg bandaged again by the vet and is staying in place.  Really Needled Mom, I need you!!!  :o)  Tomorrow I have to change the bandage so we will see how that goes.  Stu suggested a baby diaper instead of the thick bandage that they sent home with us and then put on the other layers.  I spent 20 minutes yesterday in the disposable diaper section trying to figure out which would be better.

Noodles has a UTI.  Again I may have already written about this.  The vet said to get him right in as soon as possible as male cats can get blockages very quickly so off we went with Noodles howling in his carrier all the way there.  He totally disliked having his temp taken, again TMI, but that's the way it was.  He's on two meds which he dislikes intensely but we are getting the job done.

Last night the stable called again and Skipper was acting like his feet were sore.  He's never had an issue with his feet since I have owned him, always is barefoot and has great feet.  Soooooooo  I called the farrier and got his voice mail and told him the situation.  No call back so he may be on vacation in Florida.  I knew he was going but didn't know when.  So Jean, stable owner, bedded him up really well and we were going to see what today brought. 

I called there when I knew she was done feeding to see how he was and was planning to go up and she was very concerned and thought he may have had a seziure in his stall.  Also still sore on front right when turning.  I called the vet and he said bring him right in RIGHT NOW.  It's below zero so I bundled up, went out and hooked up the trailer and headed up to pick him up.

When I got there he seemed calm and fine but I put his blanket on him and Jean and I headed out.  We got to the vets office and they got him right in, checked him over, did some xrays of his feet to check for laminitis and all the other stuff they do.  He does have some rotation but having never had xrays before we have nothing to compare it to.  His toes were a bit long as he is due for a trim next week so the vet trimmed him and he seemed a bit more comfortable.  He was so good having all that blood drawn even with a tech doing it and having to poke him several times.

I am waiting for a call about the blood work.  He's being checked for Lyme disease, Cushings, and several  things that could cause a sizeure even though the vets gut feeling is that he just slipped, fell down and got all panicky.  To say that I am a bit anxious is an understatement.  It is so hard waiting for an important phone call.

 This is the life of someone who owns horses and other animals.  Things go along great for months and months or even years and then things start to happen for some unknown reason.

Jean, (stable owner) just called and said she got the bute in Skip with some applesauce.  He lapped the dish clean.  You can't use a syringe with him to put things in his mouth as he is scared to death and freaks out due to his horrible former owners.  I know this isn't the christian way to think but I'd like to do to them some of the things they did to this beautiful little pony!!!! 

So it's a wait and see time.  He was moving better after having his toes trimmed up a bit and still needs his heels trimmed so hopefully my farrier will be back soon.  If not Mrs. Mom and Co. will have to make a house call to Maine!  Long Johns will be in the mail!!!


Hollie said...

I sure hope things start looking better in your neighborhood. You know the saying, "When it pours!" Or it always seems to here

bj said...

O my...if not for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all.
I hope things settle down and look better soon!!
I CAN NOT BELIEVE that I missed a chance at this wonderful cookbook. SHOOT...
hugs, bj

Mrs Mom said...

Right-- call me if you need me! ;)

IF Skip is still sore, and not right, you can make emergency hoof boots for him to help. Let me know, and I'll zap you the info. As long as his feet are not hot, he should be OK. Believe it or not, the cold snow on his hooves right now will be one of the best things for him *IF* laminitis is rearing its ugly head.

Which hopefully it isnt!

Kisses to Noodles, Kisses to Nick (how are the new diapers working?) and big rubs to Skipper too!! Please keep in touch, and let me know if you need tips!!

Now if only we could step into a transporter zapper machine thingy, we'd be there tomorrow!

Joanne said...

Isn't it always the way, how things just snowball like that? It makes you really appreciate the easy times when the sailing is smooth. Hope things improve soon.

Dawn said...

Wow, when it rains it pours! I sure hope things get better soon.

Well, all I can say is I sure would love to have been at the Senator with you for dinner. Such a lovely place!

Anita said...

Oh Gosh, all of your children are sick, which is not good for "the mommy."
Hang in there...I hope they all get well and over their issues.

sue said...

Oh dear, I do hope things settle down for you folks.. you have been thru so much lately, and it does seem like "when it rains, it pours".. will keep you in my prayers and thoughts....

Needled Mom said... have really had your problems with animals lately. I am sure it is a terrible worry over each one of them.

I will be interested in hearing how the diaper stays on as a dressing. It would certainly give him some extra padding.

Let's hope that Skipper's problem was just a trip and none of the other issues. I, too, will be interested in hearing the results.

And....poor Noodles! Perhaps he just needed some extra attention.

Take care and try to keep things a little calmer back there. You don't need all the gray hairs this must be bringing!!!!! Thinking good thoughts for you, my dear friend.

Pony Girl said...

When it rains it pours! I agree, seems like things are going along just fine, then animals just start getting sick or injured and it's so stressful when our babies are hurt or sick! I bet Skipper's situation is giving you quite a scare. Hopefully the results will show good news. Out of curiosity, why did the stable owner think he'd had a seizure? Was it the look of the stall or did she see him having it? Well keep us posted, sending prayers and warm thoughts your way!!

palmtreefanatic said...

oh my goodness! I hope you have animal insurance;)
you poor thing to have to go through all this at once! my goodness!
Praying all the out comes worked and come out well!

PEA said...

Oh dear, you really have had quite the week! Isn't that how it always works though? Everything quiet for months and then everything happens...Murphy's Law I tell ya! I know how much you love your animals and it's understandable how worried you get about them. I do hope and pray that they all get better real soon. Sending you big hugs across the miles. Love you. xoxox

Mary said...

I do hope things begin to settle down soon. It looks like you've had a difficult time lately.

Grandma always said things happen in threes, but last year they seemed to happen in sixes for us.

I am praying for you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on our Washington trip and the tea set. I actually bought it at Cr*acker Barr*el.


KC said...

oh my what a week.. I"m so sorry all of this is going on.. Hope everything gets better quickly.

Carroll Farm said...

Remember, it always comes in 3's...

bad luck with horses is always expensive.. I hope that everything works out ok. :) and, here's to some better luck SOON!

Alice Grace said...

I can feel the pain in your words about the animals. I am so concerned for you and I know you are having a hard time right now. Prayers for Nick and Noodles and Skip all! And for you and your strength thru this.