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post #21 of 24 Old 03-18-2010, 05:30 PM
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HalfPass Darling, just contact SmartPak Equine and explain to them about everything that has just occured and express what it is that you are wanting, and they will point you into the right direction :)

I have nothing negative to say about them, and I not only love their products, but I love the fact that they are very educated about what they make and what they sell.

I have Nelson on SmartCalm Ultra - but that is because he is easily stressed, and went through that colic and has ulcers and yadda yadda - so after explaining everything about him to my consultant, that particular suppliment was what was decided for him.


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post #22 of 24 Old 03-18-2010, 05:59 PM
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HP, I'm glad she's recovering so well, she looks good! I imagine you've got her home now, or she's on her way, right? I'm very glad for you. Although I haven't chimed in, I have been keeping up with your threads about Candi.

Just as an aside, might be a good idea to get the name of the anesthesia they used on her, just for future reference so if she ever has to be put under again you can avoid the paradoxical reaction. I know my dogs can't take dormitor, and my son and myself both have paradoxical reactions to nembutal (and I also do to morphine - it actually made my surgery pain worse. When my son was given nembutal to get an MRI when he was 3, he came out of it attacking and biting us, and banging his head against the bed rail. It took myself, my friend, and four nurses to hold all 40 lbs of him down for about 45 minutes until he leveled out). If you know what to avoid, your vets should be able to use a different type of anesthesia in the future and avoid her having such a rough time coming out!

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post #23 of 24 Old 03-18-2010, 06:23 PM
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happy she is doin well! I followed Candi's old thread!

"every horse deserves at least once in their life to be loved by a little girl"
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post #24 of 24 Old 03-18-2010, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wow. Everyone...
I am so touched by everyone! Thanks so much.

I had been dropped off about 40 minutes ealy at the vet hospital so my trainer could use my car and I didnt have to waste gas backtracking to the vet hospital. Long story about the car. The hauler gal brought her dog with her and I forgot to tell her I needed a ride due to the last minute car thing. Her dog bites and I rode the 8 miles to the ranch in the trailer with my girl. I took a pic while I was sitting on the trailer floor. lol

So the tech comes into Candi stall with me while I was waiting for the gal to pic us up and we start talking about Candi. I could totally tell the tech loved her. She told me how she brushed Candi yesterday after I left because she felt bad she had all the dried swaet on her. I got as much done as I could yesterday but had no brush.
She got to telling me about when Candi came out of the anesthesia.
She said she thrashed quite a bit and then she popped up onto all four feet. She was standing there with her nose smushed into the wall and Meagan, the tech went over and got her face aaway from the wall and held her head. She said Candi got the wobblies and fell against the wall and they had to pull her back up on her feet.
OH Poor Girlie! She also told me that Candi does not like to be sedated which I already knew. Then at the same time we both said "she fights the sedation" And...she totally does.
When I went to see her yesterday I looked at her body mass and knew she lost a lot of weight while there for the few days.
Then When the gal came to trailer her home she said "Wow girl you didnt eat much while you were here" I siad you noticed that too? She has only seen Candi the one time when she took her to the vet hospital.

So all the "weight" progress she made when she returned from the training is now gone again. Even one of the staff at the barn noticed too.

So we loaded her up with only a tiny amount of resistance and I went back in to talk with the surgeon. He told me he wants her on 3 weeks of Stall rest with 10 minutes a day of hand walking. He also mentioned she was walking well in her stall and with the tech. He asked she be in the larger stalls at my barn which is fine with me because I would feel awful putting her in a 12 x 12 stall. So I put her in a 12 x 16 stall. It is spendy but it isn't forever. She is not allowed into the paddock! After the 3 weeks she can go back to her paddok with the shelter
The plan~~~
During the first 3 weeks she can be handwalked for 10 min. once a day.
After the first 3 weeks we increase to twice daily. Poor girlie.

Pending her progress exam with my regular vet we can begin Light work at the 8 week mark.
So...we take things one day at a time for now.
We discussed the possibities of her becoming to "frisky" while being hadn walked. He asked me to let him know if this happens and how severe. We discussed my options if I need to well...use calming meds or suppliments..

Her little sutures will come out in 10-14 days. I am to watch for Acute lamness, swelling and heat at the incision sites, and discharge.
I was also told to use a tiny amount of surpass on the area just below where the catheter was.
I aksed if I could use a wet/damp warm towel to get the sticky sweat off of her but of course no bathing...The damp warm towel is fine tho

She is on 2 grams of bute once every 24 hours...for 5 days following her discharge from the vet hospital

She was happy to have the hay in her feeder when she got there.

I gave her some carrots "burried" in her hay so she will not scarf them and then a few in her suppliments and other stuff.

She was happy to get in that stall and the first thing she did was roll in the fresh shavings...

Thought it would be a good idea to just let her be and then went and took a lesson which I totally could not concentrate in. lol
I am sure my mind was elsewhere...
When i was done I went back and brushed her a bit and then came home.

So..now we start her recuperation process.
Tomorrow I will look at the papers and see what was used for the Anesthesia...
Halfpass....is feeling pretty tired. I have two lessons on two different horses tomorrow so I think I will sign off for now.

Thanks again everyone for all the wonderful support

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