COPD in horses
I am hoping someone on here can help me..
My old friend has boarded her horse Simon with me for years. We rescued him 8 years ago from slaughter. He had 0% body fat and the vet didnt think he would make it, and wanted to put him down there. We nursed him back to health and simon became a wonderful horse. He is between 18 and 20 years old now, and up until March of '09, he was as spunky as ever, racing my horse down trails in the woods, and jumping anything you put in front of him.
Last March I noticed him really straining to breath. His nostrils were flared to the max, and his whole body jolted with every breath. He was Diagnosed with Cronic Lung Disease. And it is probably the worst I've heard about. It has not been under control since. His owner put a few hundred dollers into him, trying different medicines but nothing helped. The last medicine we had him on (dont have the name on me) she said worked ( I was out of state) and the first day he 'seemed' to be 'better' she tok him out and cantered him on the trailes. Needless to say - he's been worse ever since. And she refused to put another penny into a horse she couldnt ride. After that he lost ALOT of weight. He looked pathetic. WE bought him supplements and bought him extra food. In september she set her mind to having a farmer she knew come pick him up, take him back to his farm, and shoot him in the head. I was ferious. We exchanged many harsh words, and finally she ended up surrendering him to us. We no longer talk to this day, but I am so happy to give Simon ANOTHER chance.
Now I am out of work, expecting a baby, and money is VERY tight. My father helps me tremedously, but doesnt understand how important it is to get Simons condition controlled. A 3 weeks supply of medicing for Simon that supposedly worked last time is $80. On top of that I want to try and get him an inhaler. I called my vet today and they said they would get the exact price but estimated the inhaler piece that goes over his nose $300. I just can't do that :/ Is that something you think I could get used? If so where? Does anyone here have one?
I'm glad to just give simon an extended life, but I'd like to make it as easy as possible for him. I don't think his biggest concern everyday should be to keep breathing :( He still weizes and his sides still strain with every breath - and that's just standing there.