Because I'm laid up at home, my DH met the farrier for his regularly scheduled appt. We have a somewhat unique problem and I know NOTHING about this and could use help.
Last Spring our 20 yr. Old OTTB developed Johnson Grass Poisoning and it paralyzed his bladder. It's stopped progressing and he isn't in pain, (the vet assures me he can't feel anything from his bladder) but he constantly dribbles, streams and drips urine. He cannot voluntarily pee, but when his bladder is full, it leaks out....which is almost all the time.
As you can imagine, it's a management problem keeping his lower legs urine free. We're constantly hosing him down, drying and coating with vaseline, desitin or anything else that will protect his skin. Meanwhile, our farrier told my DH that the urine is making his back hooves soft! What to do??? Usually we use hoof treatments to keep them from getting dry.
So what do you do to keep them from getting too soft?
Our vet has told us that it's just a matter of time. A sludge will build up in his bladder, he will begin to get bladder infections, and then we will put him down. For some reason, I never thought about the danger to his hind feet! He's a grand old guy and he's had a great life. I want him to be comfortable for as long as he can be kept comfortable. Any help would be appreciated. This is a new problem for me.
(There was Johnson grass in the hay our BO fed at the end of the winter.
Out of 23 horses, DB was the only one affected.