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post #1 of 10 Old 06-05-2009, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Update On Nelson *Choking*

I just wanted to give an update on how Nelson is doing since his 2 day ordeal choking incident that occured May 9th.

I made a thread about it *Choking Horse*. He somehow, choked on Purina Senior - I think it was a freak accident, but it happened anyways.

He went to a Specialist who was able to get the blockage out by flushing it out with warm water, since the tube wouldn't pass the blockage into his stomache, it had to come out the way it came in.

But, before that, Nelson went through 2 1/2 hours of my other vet trying to get the tube into his nose, and into the correct area to get to the blockage. Everytime she would get the tube into his nose after fighting continuously - she would have to start over because it would go down his trachia, not his throat.

So because of this, there was allot of damage done to his upper area of his throat - and, there were particles of food found in his trachia.

After being on Meds and Pennicillian and struggling to get him to eat - it would seem that he's fully on the mend. Normal Temperature, eating grass happily, playing with is new pasture mates *moved him to a new fascillity* and drinking like a normal horse.

Since we moved to a new fascililty, I started us back on our exercise program slowly - until I started to notice little things here and there that just didn't seem right.

1) His breathing isn't "normal". When I would go out to catch him and wak him back to the barn to tack up - his breathing was a bit more heavy than it should be.

I, thinking - out of shape. Hot muggy sticky michigan weather not helping.

2) I just started to notice a stanky smell coming from him when he breathes out. So, I stuck my nose up to his nostril and smelt when he took his next exhale...and yeah.......not normal. Not your normal sweet smelling odor...this was - sour. I don't know how to explain it.

So I had a fellow boarder smell his breath and she cringed. She said it is the same smell her older mare had when she had a tumor. It was the smell of infection.

SO I took his temp. Normal. What the? I dont get it.

So, I went home and called BOTH vets. They said that it shouldn't be infection because he has a normal temp, and he is eating and drinking normally - but that isn't always the case. The odor is out of place, and there could still be infection from the severe damage that occured due to the tubing time over time over time for 2 1/2 hours and it could be going down his troat not out his nostrils.

Then I was told I am probobly being over paranoid, it has been short of a month since he choked and he being 18 will take a longer period of time to heal, than he would of when he was younger.

I stressed something is off here - so I have an appointment on Monday for a Vet Check to be done. She'll test his breathing, listen to his lungs, smell the odor and do a physcial exam on him. And another scoping just to be sure what is what.

I want his lungs looked at, I just want to be sure there is nothing going on there.

He will probobly be put back on Tucoprim.

So, that's the update.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-06-2009, 12:08 AM
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I hope Nelson gets better soon. I fed my old mare an apple once and she started choking/coughing on it. I just remember having someone hold her nec straight if that makes sence and giving her throat a shake (if you know what I mean?) and she did one big cough and a hunk of apple came flying out and she was better. I hope again that he gets better soon

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*note to self* No apples.
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Sorry Dartanion, I meant to post more but I had to attend to other matters, but I meant to come back to add more, but I lost that opportunity because the "edit" button was no longer available.

Choking is scarey, at least you were able to correct the issue right away.

I hope Nelson gets better too - it isn't that he is sick or anything of that sort, it's just that something is off.....and I need to find out exactly what it is.

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best wishes to you and nelson, I sure hope he is okay )
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I sure hope he's okay. Could there be bits of food still stuck down in there somewhere and just rotting there (gross, I know, but the smell has to be coming from something).

I hope they don't have to scope him again, poor thing.

18 is NOT old. :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-06-2009, 09:56 AM
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No matter what, remember that no one knows this horse the way you do. If you feel something is off, it's probably so.

Hope everything goes okay, poor Nelson, and poor you! Hate it when our horses are not themselves.

Good luck, keep us posted.
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Be presistant with your vet to have the lungs looked at.Is there any nasal discharge? Now,Im not trying to scare you and dont freak out-but one of the horses at my barn went sick-no appetite,lathargic,fever, nasal discharge that smelled to high heaven,and strained breathing.He was taken to the state university and we lost him...they still dont know what caused it.Dont let anyone tell you its "nothing" until all symtoms cease!
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Thanks everyone for the posts! The anxious for Monday to find out exactly what is going on.

My vet will examine his breathing rate and listen to his lungs. And smell that funky odor - so I hope she'll beable to figure things out. I think the only way we can find out exactly what is going on, is having him scoped again.

I just pray things are ok - he's my everything! I love that horse so much!! He's my Super Hero, Mr Brown Legs, my Boo.
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SO scary! I hope everything is ok and Nelson feels better soon!

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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