Update on possible cushings 9 year old gelding

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    02-20-2012, 06:47 PM
Unhappy Update on possible cushings 9 year old gelding

GOOd news he's not cushings but he is IR so a major diet change is in need.Now he's showing signs of gastric ulcers pinning ears when cinched up will bite if given a chance. But the chance to bite never happens his nose meets my fist in a big hurry. Just talked to vet about scoping him id have to haul him four hours one way that's a tank of gas for one way trip. Then another tank of gas to come home four hours total drive time eight hours. The cost alone is high 800 dollars 350 of that is to treat the ulcers.Then another 120 or better for gas. Vet did say I could just treat him and get a exam done with out having to scope that would be 375 with exam and treatment. So iam at a loss not sure what to do. All I know is he's really crabby doesnt want to be touched and a real pill to ride. Kicks out at my legs pins ears and when we get home he's kicking at his belly. Has coliced twice in the past 12 days not real serious but not wanting to eat and laying down alot. This is totally not like him he's alway very willing and loves to go on trails not any more. We have had a few go rounds which he doent win on but I know he's hurting kicking up at his belly is a sure sign of pain. So my saga goes on just spent 950. No hauling him any where right now were getting a snow storm so roads will be icky. He's had his teeth floated he's been wormed did fecal egg count before worming so I know what worms iam tageting.
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    02-20-2012, 07:22 PM
That's good news for the most part.
Can you just treat for ulcers? Then if he acts better you'd have your answer.
    02-20-2012, 07:46 PM
Natish yes iam going to just treat for ulcers but vet insist on a exam before he"ll give me the meds. Cheaper to haul him 25 miles then to have vet out at 95$ just to dive in my drive way. It will cost me 20$ in gas and 25$ for exam. Got to go check on him he's colicky again I swear it just never ends.
    02-25-2012, 09:02 AM
Originally Posted by spirit88    
natish yes iam going to just treat for ulcers but vet insist on a exam before he"ll give me the meds. Cheaper to haul him 25 miles then to have vet out at 95$ just to dive in my drive way. It will cost me 20$ in gas and 25$ for exam. Got to go check on him he's colicky again I swear it just never ends.
How is he doing?
He will need to be scoped to know for sure if he has ulcers. That will likely require sedation. Will your vet do all that for $25?
    02-25-2012, 11:02 AM
I did get him scoped had to haul him 4 hours one way he does have ulcers and it cost 800$ to scope and treat. He's doing better now he's being treated for the ulcers today is the 5th day of treatment. He doesnt like the ulcer meds but does take it he's not wanting to drink water for some reason from the trough. Its clean I clean it every time before I fill it that's every two days. The water isnt to cold I have a tank heater in it and the water trough is grounded so any stray current goes into the ground not the water. The other two horses are drinking my mare would be the first to quit drinking if the water had current going through it.Iam going to get a big jug of apple juice to dump into the trough see if that doesnt get him drinking.I know he's not drinking becuase the trough doesnt need filling today its not even half way down so only two horses are drinking from it. He was eating snow will try to get him to drink this am. This is day three of not wanting to drink from trough have hauled him buckets of water and he gulps them down. Got him to drink from trough last night.
    02-25-2012, 12:45 PM
Go check out Standard Process for help. They are a whole foods company and have two supplements that have totally corrected my horse's "ulcer behavior". They also have an awesome all natural metabolic supplement I swear by. It is also way cheaper and healthier. I have a horse diagnosed with ulcers boarded with me who would act violently colicky and now he is his old quiet self. I also have a Cushings horse on their supplements and you would have no idea he had health issues.

Awesome stuff!!!
    02-25-2012, 12:50 PM
Thanks snootyfox I will check that out.

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