Originally Posted by farmpony84
Yikes! Ok, The vet got here and drugged him so she could put the tube up his nose. He's been tubed before (for colic) so I expected the bloodiness. He was kind of fighting her and refusing to swallow so she was having a hard time getting the tube into his throat. The hay cube was stuck right up top so getting the water to pass through was nearly impossible. She was blowing it in and the blood and water shot back in her mouth! Ick! Blood spewed everywhere when he sneezed. I hadn't expected it to be that bloody.
We finally got the tube in and got the hay cube out, took a very long time. He is on antibiotics for a week at least and he has to eat soup for a minimal of 5 days. He'll be on bute for five days as well and I have to check his temp. So hopefully all will go well.....
Sounds like Nelson's episode! My vet had a heck of a time tubing Nelson. Everytime she would even get the tube to his nostril, he'd rear or fling his head, causing the tube to fly out of the vet's hands. Even when he was twitched and sedated to the point of not being able to stand up very well.
Now that I think about it, he had goop draining out of his nostrils, but never was there food coming out.
His choke was way down the base of his throat.
When we took him to the 2nd vet on the 2nd day, they scoped him to see where the choke was, and you could see so much damage done to his throat from the tubing and the fighting - so I know exactly where you are now!
Nelson was put on Tucaprim, and he had to eat soup as well *which he wouldn't* picky bugger, and bute, with regular temp checks.
Nelson got bits of the Purina Senior in his lungs as well, so we had to keep a close eye on his breathing and his temp.
Good news is, it'll be ok
Your baby will come around, I promise. If Nelson did, your beloved will too *hugs*
The bad news is, once they choke this dramatically, it can happen again more "easily". Nelson chokes quickly - but only if he is more concerned as to where his mates are, instead of what is in his mouth. So he has strict rules that he cannot be fed alone. He must be in a comfortable state before food gets put infront of him. Also, I transitioned him to Tripple Crown Senior, which is a senior feed designed for frequent chokers, horses with lacking teeth, difficult to chew, etc, etc.
Sending good vibes your way! It'll be ok! I am proud of you for getting the vet out!