Critter, so sorry about your precious little dog. I am also sorry to hear your horse hurt herself. I am sure Stan can understand your frustration with the trailering!
Stan, what a wonderful trek! (But a bit expensive...still, I would cough up the money to do it too!)
Hunter, sorry to hear about Hunter's leg. When it rains, it pours doesn't it? Bynthe way, here is where you can buy him a blankets like Isabella's:
Tough-1 Wild 600D Turnout Blanket 250g - Statelinetack.com
The vet came out this morning. I have been so worried that I haven't been sleeping and I have been having nightmares. Last night was the worst.
The suspected melanoma is on her "girly parts". I am about to get very graphic so if you do not want to read about mare anatomy, skip ahead.
About two months ago, as I was washing her, I noticed that her vulva was not closing completely. There was a small open slit where I could see some pink. I thought she was coming into heat and didn't pay that much attention.
About a month ago, I noticed that it still wasn't closed and I could see something that looked like a small scabby area on it. At first I thought it was dried poo and tried to scrub it off. It wouldn't budge and she was getting irritated, so I stopped.
When it was still there a couple of weeks ago, I had one of the trainers look at it. Isabella was grazing and was very tolerant of being prodded back there. The trainer looked carefully and even spread her apart a bit and showed me some lumps under the opening of her vulva. She said they were not supposed to be there and we both came to the conclusion that is was a melanoma and the scabby part was connected.
Isabella was so good today for the vet. He spent a lot of time down there and each time she started to move, I fed her a treat and she was more interested in the treats than what he was doing.
I love my vet. He was so patient and tactful when explaining that the lumps under her opening are her clitoris. Who knew??? I had no idea she had one. LOL. He said it was enlarged and was keeping her vulva from closing completely. He is not sure why it is enlarged. But that, coupled with the fact that she lactates constantly, means she has some sort of hormonal imbalance.
Most hormonal imbalances are caused by Cushings, but she has no symtoms of the disease so he wants to take the watch and wait approach. He said it is probably just an strange imbalance and we may never know the cause.
As far as the scabby area that I thought was a melanoma, he said it is possible it is one, and if it is, he wouldn't do anything anyway since it is not causing any problems BUT he thinks that it is actually a irritated spot, caused by poo running over the exposed inner part of her vulva since it can't close all the way. So, I need to keep her extra clean and put vaseline on it as a protectant.
OMG. No one warned me about this part of horse ownership. I was happy I have a mare so I wouldn't have to clean any sheaths!!!
He said she was starting to develop a cataract in her left eye. It has been runny lately so he gave me some eye ointment.
Everything else was fine. Her heart sounded great and she got all of her shots and a coggins test. And I am now $188 poorer.
After that, I had to go and get new tires on my car so it would pass inspection. That cost $600.
Today was a very expensive day....but I feel so much relief about Isabella that I am not even thinking about the money I spent today.