Oh no. Not again.
Gunner had another mild colicking episode this morning. He hasn't had one for months. I'm not sure what to do. Here's the history:
September, 09, he had a mild case of strangles that was caught in enough time, and went to a nasty head cold. He was on SMZ for it, and recovered nicely.
Soon after he started having colicking episodes, some so bad he was falling over. He would blow up, have horrible gas, and blow water out his back end sometimes. I took him to the OSU vet clinic, for a full work up. They did a stomach scope, ultrasound, blood, urine, fecal, and a belly tap. The ultrasound showed his intestines were thickened and inflamed, the scope showed that he had a history of ulcers, but they were all healed and over three years old. The fecal showed a "gross overload" of strongyles. The vet prescribed the panacur power pac five day.
After that, by November, he was eating Purina Senior Grain and mixed forage hay well. He still swells up a small amount in his flanks when he eats, and gets gas. He seems to be feeling better. I decided to start him on the same glucosamine supplement Hoover gets, last week, because he has a knee that pops. He's also on U-Gard, which I don't particularly like. I feel like giving him antacids when he doesn't have ulcers is doing more harm than good.
What is going on? Why is he colicking again? How do I fix it? I'll be calling the vet tomorrow morning, but I'm not sure I trust his opinion as fully as before, since he totally missed the worms being the cause. On the full exam of Gun, he never ordered a fecal, which would have saved Gun the trip to OSU. He's a good vet, and my BO trusts him, but...I'm a little more hesitant now.
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