Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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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 don't 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.