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post #11 of 14 Old 09-01-2012, 07:37 AM
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A local senior gelding was put down in part because of a grapefruit sized bladder stone. Bad heaves meant he wouldn't survive surgery.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-02-2012, 06:54 PM
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Hi hun so glad to hear he is ok was really worried about him. Waiting on a call tommorow about my little man, he is apparently going in on Wednesday for a camera up his little manhood to see what the problem is. He has had four episodes now and they have tried antibiotics but to no avail. He can go 9 days before he has another. It goes like this, he attempts to urinate, gets in the stance, tries to wee and when he can't he throws himself on the floor and rolls aggressively. He seems to want to get himself flat on his spine with his legs upright and balances like this as though its a relief. This can go on for as long as an hour. Then he suddenly reverts to normal and looks like nothing is wrong. It starts with him observing his belly/flanks and lifting his hind leg as he looks at it. After hours of repeating this behaviour sometimes until 4 in the morning, he resumes normal horse behaviour and does a long wee. I know he must have a stone or a blockage and it needs to be sorted asap. Both for him and my sanity, he frightens me to death incase he breaks a leg or twists his gut. I will let you know how he gets on in the week. Hope Fast keeps improving for you. xx
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Fast doesn't seem to be having any discomfort. He has to strain a little to get the last little bit out and his quanity and volume really suck. We did notice that if he happened to pee within a few minutes of rolling he does do much better. My vet and I assume its because for a little while the stone moves away from the urethra opening in the bladder. We have thought if he starts having difficultly peeing we could catherize him and flush the bladder once a month or so. I'm hoping that won't ever be necessary.

What is semi comical is that before all this happened if anyone would try to look at Fast's "manparts" it would be gone in a flash. And God forbid you tried to touch it to look for a bean or clean him. Even drugged he kicked at the vet. Now he's dropped all the time and could care less what you do to it!

I hope all goes well with your guy. We never scoped Fast - just did an Ultrasound. I bet the camera stuff will be really interesting. Keep me posted and good luck!
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-12-2012, 11:46 AM
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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.
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