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post #1 of 3 Old 05-26-2014, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

I have a 14 year old paint gelding named "Jackson", He is an amazing horse, bomb proof goes anywhere I ask him. Last week I found out he has squamous cell carcinoma and his tail needs to be amputated, he well have nothing left to defend himself from flies. My question is this, Am I being selfish our cruel by having it amputated? He will have a fly sheet and night turnout, I don't want to make him suffer with no tail. I dont want to have him put down with out a chance, he is healthy other wise. I want to do what is right or him not me. Opinions are appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-26-2014, 02:01 PM
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If a reputable vet says needs to be amputated, then I'd say it needs to be amputated. Get him a good fly sheet and he will be alright. I know lots of people who keep their horses tails in short tail bags all summer and they are fine!
I wouldn't say it is selfish or cruel if it needs to be done to keep him living a healthy long life.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-26-2014, 02:53 PM
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Well said by Rena. It is unfortunate that it has to happen. If possible, it might be worthwhile to get a second vet's opinion just to make sure that is the best option to take.
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