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    07-31-2011, 11:13 AM
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Foal
sinus cancer/tumor - decision time?

Hi everyone. I'm looking for opinions on my guy. Dan is a 26 year old racking horse. He suddenly (like in hours) developed a huge hump on the side of his face. The attached picture is from 3 weeks ago, the YouTube video is last week. It keeps getting larger and is very hard. Xrays show bone remodeling into the sinus.


Vet thinks it may be cancer (treated with antibotics first, just in case). Blood work shows bodily functions are good although he is
metabolizing muscle. The next step is sending him to UGA for more tests which will be a bit costly.

He lost weight this winter (typical for him over the past few years) but we haven't been able to recover this summer. I'm feeding multiple times a day (he isn't grazing well) and spends most of his time down in the woods just standing. When he does come to the pasture, he if often standing head-down sort of moving his head back and forth slowing.

If this were your guy, what you do?
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    07-31-2011, 05:19 PM
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How long has he been doing this head thing? That sounds like PAIN! Did he only just recently get seen by a vet? The lump may have become apparent only recently, but this might have been going on for quite some time.

Is there any discharge? Bad smell at his nose or mouth? When had his teeth floated last? He looks really underfed and if his teeth aren't kept up, he won't be able to get any nutrition from his chewing. Does he drop a lot of food out of his mouth when he does chew?
     
    07-31-2011, 09:28 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
How long has he been doing this head thing? That sounds like PAIN! Did he only just recently get seen by a vet? The lump may have become apparent only recently, but this might have been going on for quite some time.


Is there any discharge? Bad smell at his nose or mouth? When had his teeth floated last? He looks really underfed and if his teeth aren't kept up, he won't be able to get any nutrition from his chewing. Does he drop a lot of food out of his mouth when he does chew?


Just this week. I've started giving him some bute...don't know what else to try. Hence the visit now to the Univ of GA. I agree the lump had to have been going on for a while for the bone to remodel. The vet has been here twice so far in the past three weeks. So much of the weight loss is also this sudden too.

Yes, he looks underfed but that's actually combined with whatever is going on with him. The hanging head has been this week. His teeth were floated 3 years ago and just again last month (although vet said he was good, doing as "let's try this too"). No smelly discharge but does have a little bit of a runny nose. He also is slobbering badly. Vet thought it was clover fungus (typical for GA...) but not clearing up. He eats high fiber/carb grain soaked in oil and has constant hay and grass.
     
    07-31-2011, 09:31 PM
  #4
Foal
Here's how my boy looked before all this started...
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    07-31-2011, 10:42 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Sorry but yes, it's getting to be decision time. His comfort is the most important factor.
I know how hard times like this can be & I wish you both well.
     
    07-31-2011, 10:44 PM
  #6
Started
Yeah, decision time is hard. Big hugs.
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    07-31-2011, 11:04 PM
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I can tell from your voice you already know the answer to your question. Your lovely horse has had 26 wonderful years, and that is a good life for a horse.

One of the things we OWE our beloved horse pals is a dignified exit from an otherwise poor end in their life. It is a horrible decision, but one we will all have to make, sooner or later, since we attach ourselves to partners who live a shorter life than we do.

Think of your partner and do the right thing, if it is indicated. It can be quick and peaceful, if done well. MUCH better than seeing one you love wither away, IMO.

Hugs to you and I am so sorry it may be time to do the ultimate kindness to one you love.
     
    07-31-2011, 11:32 PM
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Dear,
I can see how very much he has gone downhill. He is really a lovely boy and you must be just heartsick to be faced with this. It looks like he is really not doing well, dramatically so. So, you are probably right to be thinking what you are thinking. So sorry. Let us know what happens in the next few days.
Hugs.
     
    08-02-2011, 01:37 PM
  #9
Weanling
Bluusky--

I'm so sorry that you are facing this...

Do I think it's time? Probably. Yes.

Do I think it is likely that he will make a sudden or miraculous recovery? Sadly...no.

((((Hugs))))
     
    08-02-2011, 08:46 PM
  #10
Foal
My dog got cancer and we let her suffer for too long and I will never forgive myself for it. We should have put her down but she ended up passing away on her own and it was awful, I would do anything to give her the peaceful passing she deserved. It's a decision only you can make and I'm so sorry you have to, it's so hard.
     

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