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    02-19-2011, 04:31 PM
Oh, fp, I'm sorry. That sounds awful.

Sorry it happened.
A beleoved sweet old school pony of mine choked on pelleted feed once (before I switched her to Senior) and it was completely my fault. She was pasture fed on the fence with her two much more dominant pasture mates; and I was in a hurry one evening, so instead of waiting until eveybody got to the fence and lined up to eat, I started scooping food out immediately. The pony ran up first and grabbed a huge mouthful of pellets before one of her pasture mates charged and chased her away The pony promptly choked trying to swallow a big dry motuhful of unchewed pellets. It was a bad one, with the pellets coming out her nose, and the tubing and the antibiotics and bute, and I felt *horrible*

Hope your guy feels better soon.
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    02-19-2011, 05:57 PM
Wow, Jen, how scary. I'm glad that the vet was able to get the cube out and I'm sending healing vibes his way. I've only been through choke one time with a neighbor's horse so I can't really say I know how you feel but I do empathize with you. ((((HUGS))))
    02-19-2011, 07:35 PM
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!
    02-19-2011, 08:55 PM
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Thanks guys. MIE that makes me feel better. He is already on Triple Crown Senior because he has no teeth, which is why he gets the soaked hay cubes. I told my mom, no more throwing treats around my pigglet!!! He has not touched his soup-ie dinner or his wet hay cubes tonight but the vet did say he may be too sore to even think about eating tonight. His nose is not draining or bleeding anymore though and he isn't coughing so that's probably a good sign. I'm trying not to check on him anymore because I'm pretty sure I've woken him up twice now. Hopefully he'll eat something in the morning. I did leave the soup food in his stall in case he decides to eat later tonight. I'm hoping I can turn him out tomorrow. He hates a stall. If he's acting ok I'm going to throw him out just because I think he'll be happier... :(
    02-19-2011, 09:02 PM
Yeah, Nelson was miserable being boxed up too, I ended up turning him out as well because he was much happier outside. I contacted my vet and told her what was going on, and she was comfortable with him eating grass, just to keep an eye on him.

He did just fine :) Once he got outside, he was happy, he was eating and comfortable and back to his normal self - sorta speak :P of course, he needed his meds and bute and everything else along with it, but yeah - I totally understand what you mean!
    02-19-2011, 09:22 PM
I'm glad your guy is on the mend. Good thing you were there. I always worry about things like this happening when I'm not around.

In my area, if a horse is choking a vet comes IMMEDIATELY, but that may be because we are somewhat remote and it can take 20 minutes to 1 hour for a vet to get here depending on where they are. Actually in foaling season, it can take longer...

An extra pat for Pistol tonight!
    02-21-2011, 03:51 PM
FP That is great news that Pistol is better. I have delt with choke before and yes, it isnt pretty.

MIE 2 days your poor horse choked. That would be hard dealing with. I just get knots in my gut thinking about it. Sometimes animals don't know that you are trying to help them.
    02-21-2011, 05:12 PM
I'm glad that the vet was able to remove the blockage. When my horse choked, it was just on alfalfa hay, no grains or pellets which I guess is better. Hay stocks resolve themselves better than grains or pellets from what my vet told me. He didn't actually want me feeding my horse much of anything that night, just enough once she was done choking, to have something in her gut, so half a flake of alfalfa soaked. And I had to soak the next days meals as well. Fortunately my girl really seemed to like the soaked hay. Its definitely not a fun thing to go through, especially knowing that there isn't much you can do to help them but wait it out and have the vet come out if it doesn't seem to be resolving itself. He'll have a sore throat for a while, and probably not be horribly interested in food, but give it some time.
    02-22-2011, 11:11 AM
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He is starting to eat better but this antibiotic thing is awful. I actually didn't even give him the bute today because he was so rotten. He smacked me in the face one day and he got away from me the next. Dragged me down the aisle last night and this morning he was trying hard to drag me around but I got the antibiotics down him.... LOL. I'm glad he has energy though.
    02-22-2011, 11:28 AM
Wow, he does have energy doesn't he LOL? I'm glad that he's feeling better.

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