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    11-15-2008, 09:01 PM
  #11
Weanling
Im so sorry for this. I hope all is well.
I hope he stays pain free as long as possible

Honestly....your horse will tell you I think....when he's in pain, or tired of fighting, he will let you know...

I wish you love
     
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    11-16-2008, 10:40 AM
  #12
Yearling
How old is he . . . If he's on the younger side I've heard of them doing surgury to remove them . . . Silver had them all under his tail . . . He always had them . . . And he lived a perfectly painless retirement (except a little athritis but he was on bute for that) . . . Till one day he just didnt seem himself . . . And my grandparents were just watchin him out the window . . . He just walked up to the other horses in the feild . . . Touched noses and then layed down and he was gone . . . But the melotomas developed when he was like 8 and he lived to be 28 . . . It doesnt always have to end with painfull colic . . . And depending on his age you may still hav the option of surgury . . . Just by the time when Silvers started to get large enough to be worth putting him through surgury it was getting too risky with his age . . . But that's somthing for you and your vet to make a dession on
     
    11-18-2008, 02:48 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Fogged-In    
Thank you everyone... It is hard and the last thing I would do is be selfish and make him suffer... Even the slightest.... I know now isnt the time but the time is not far.. Somedays I think I am closer than others.. My Dad is having the neighbor get the hole ready in the yard, so that if he has to go before winters end the ground isnt frozen to dig it, it will be there...

We are on borrowed time... And I am trying to make the most of it. I just wish I could quit my job and spend more time- freeze time and bills and life so I could see him more...

He's a lucky boy to be so loved.
     
    11-18-2008, 03:01 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by amandaandeggo    
how old is he . . . If he's on the younger side I've heard of them doing surgury to remove them . . . Silver had them all under his tail . . . He always had them . . . And he lived a perfectly painless retirement (except a little athritis but he was on bute for that) . . . Till one day he just didnt seem himself . . . And my grandparents were just watchin him out the window . . . He just walked up to the other horses in the feild . . . Touched noses and then layed down and he was gone . . . But the melotomas developed when he was like 8 and he lived to be 28 . . . It doesnt always have to end with painfull colic . . . And depending on his age you may still hav the option of surgury . . . Just by the time when Silvers started to get large enough to be worth putting him through surgury it was getting too risky with his age . . . But that's somthing for you and your vet to make a dession on

We have already explored that option- its not one... They are too massive and on his rectum and sheath.. He wouldnt survive the surgery and there would be nothing left to stitch up...
     
    11-18-2008, 10:43 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by Fogged-In    
Hello ALL....

I have had my horse for 4 1/2 years. He is a great, lovable guy. However over the last 2 years his Melanoma has progressively worsened. He can still pee and pass manure with very little difficulty and that's mainly, ultimately what will lead to his death (naturally).
The vet says if this were to happen it would be an awful way to die. (Bad collic presentation)

He still is very hearty, active, and happy. He eats fine. More than fine, lol...

So the catch. ......

We can barely work because his tumors are always bursting open (they look like cancker sores) and bleeding or ooozing. So mainly everyday I go see him and clean his butt, disinfect and put him back in his stall... Occassionally he gets turned out in the paddock, when there is no sores... He rarely shows pain to them but they will never get better or go away. We have tried Interluken-12 and his immune system cannot handle the side effects.... We are batting zero.....


SO my decision is.......

Wait it out till he can't function...

Or make a very difficult decision while he seems happy and not in pain...

Im asking horse owner to horse owners... It is my decision, but what would you do if it were your team mate?..........
They are very expensive to treat and they never go away. Just a couple months ago I was in the middle of buying a registered Clydesdale when during the vet check she came up to have melanoma. I took the deal down. Depending on where the tumors are does not always cause big issues, but the tumors to come up and are always there. Because of the fact there is no way to change the ending of this story I would be more willing to let him move on to the next world while he is comfortable than to wait and only do it once he starts being in pain. Keep in mind that because he looks comfortable does not mean that he is. Horses are incredibly tough animals and will put with a lot before they start showing signs of discomfort.

My thoughts are with you *HUGS*
     
    11-19-2008, 08:10 PM
  #16
Foal
I think the answers given here about letting your horse tell you when it's time are the right ones.
In the meantime, give your friend as much love and comfort as you can. And when the time comes you will know you did all you could to give your horse the best life it could possibly have here on earth.
I know there will be many people here who will share your sadness and be of great support.
Your horse is very lucky to have you as his friend and advocate.
Be at peace with yourself and whatever decisions you make.
     
    01-06-2009, 05:31 PM
  #17
Foal
I have made my decision I will be putting Fin down most likely Feb. 7th.... Ugh this is such a difficult decision...
     
    01-06-2009, 05:51 PM
  #18
Weanling
I can sympathize with you. I put down my horse of 5 years last winter due to a twisted intestine.
No matter when you do it or why, it is the most difficult decision a horse owner ever has to make, to say goodbye to a friend.
It sounds like you have had a wonderful few years together. I'm sure your horse knows you love him and will appreciate your decision to help him escape his pain.
I'm sorry... my thoughts and prayers are with the two of you.
     
    01-06-2009, 09:32 PM
  #19
Foal
I am so sorry. That is the one thing that I am dreading with my guy, the possibility of melanomas. Its always a hard decision, but you know him and you definitely know what the best thing for him is. I have lost 2 horses so I know its not easy, but you are doing what is right for him.
     

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