My horse had bladder stone surgery
My 16 year old AQHA had bladder stone surgery 2 years ago. I made the diagnosis through a process of elimination on his actions, and it was confirmed by the vet. He had a stone about the size of a tangerine which broke apart into many smaller stones during removal. The surgery was done by making an opening just under the tail, flooding the bladder with fluid and flushing out the stones. He was sedated, put in stocks, and flushed twice a day for 3-4 days. He then came home and I put vaseline on the opening twice a day till healed. The opening was his 'temporary' urethra. When it healed he went back to urinating via the penis. We were back to riding after 4 weeks and he was back to E-team and 4-H for my daughters, and CMO's for me. The surgery was bout $1400.00. He will probably develop them again 3-5 years from the original episode, and I will determine at that time if it's worth it for him. He is the BEST horse, the surgery pretty simple really, and no complications at all. I hope this helps.