Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
I honestly don't know. This is an excellent, caring, equine vet that we have used for years. He knows that I will not allow any animal to suffer. That day I had both horses in for their yearly routine shots, teeth floating and problems. We moved the appointment up because of DB's problem -- I wouldn't want anyone to think we just waited for his routine visit. We got bad news about both DB AND my other horse and I was reeling. DB has not shown any signs of discomfort and/or pain and I realize that as a prey animal, he would probably be very stoic so I've been looking for it. I could certainly understand if he were blocked, there would be pain...or if he had an infection with passing crystals, bacteria or blood. This varies from a constant drip to a small, steady stream of clear urine and thus, it would appear to relieve any pressure. I will DEFINITELY ask him about this, but I would be shocked if he failed to volunteer the information if DB was in pain.
The other horse, Mr. Big Stuff, is a 14 year old 14.2 h racking horse. He's grey and we have repeatedly had squamous cell carcinomas frozen off from his penis over the last 4 years. Last year he was clear and I was thrilled. This year he has major plaques and tiny seeds of tumors the length of his penis. It has just exploded. Given his age, color, and temperment, we'll knock him out, lay him down and remove as much as possible and then just keep him comfortable. When he starts being in pain, I'll put him down. The only other option would be to completely amputate his penis and re-route his urethra so that he pees like a mare. It's extensive, expensive surgery and I'm not going to put him (or my checkbook) through it. It won't cure his color and as Dr. Outlaw saws, we have no idea what's happening inside. The smaller, seed type tumors are not a good sign.
We have him thoroughly checked every Fall and every Spring because it's impossible to clean his sheath in the winter. He's difficult about it any time of the year (probably because it's been subjected to repeated treatments) but I can sympathize with his reluctance in the winter.
It was just a rotten day at the vets.