I had noticed smears of blood on his legs so I took Arie to the vet. He couldn't find anything at the time but thought I must be from his nose or mouth. Today it was noticeably worse so I looked in his mouth and this time I could clearly see his gums bleeding around his teeth. The gum tissue seems to be eroding like its falling apart or rotting. The vet says kidney failure is at the top of the list but it could be a blood clotting factor that vitamin k could help. He said prime symptoms of kidney failure are mouth ulcers, more frequent urination, and depression. I had noticed him urinating more often and he's been quieter than usual. If it's kidney failure there is nothing that can be done to help him.
I knew he was older when he was given back to me, but most horses I've been around have lived to be around 30. I'd hoped to have several good years with him. Now I'm just thinking about what I can do make him comfortable. Do any of you have experience with kidney failure in your horses? What should I look for as far progression of the problem if it is his kidneys? The bleeding in his mouth has gotten so noticeable in just a week and a half. I'm trying so hard to take care of him.