Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
Sadly, not the happy update I was wanting...
Last night, he became sick again. Showed the colic signs again, but wasn't thrashing at the ground or anything horrible like last time. I spoke to my vet and she gave me some pain relief to administer. At about midnight last night, I came back after leaving for half an hour (he's vital signs and physical signs were good when I left) to find him on the ground, breathing heavily. Struggled with him to get him up for around ten minutes and managed to finally get him up. Skip all the details, but after that he was settled and calm. No more laying down or kicking at himself.
This morning, gave him some feed (was given the okay by vet to do this), just some hay. Soon afterwards, began kicking at his stomach again. Settled down quickly and was allowed to pick at some grass, showed no more signs of sickness. Kept in contact with vet and we decided to put him back on his medication for another month and get him looked at with an endoscopy (which will be quite challenging, because it is believed the ulcers are in a difficult place). From then on, his been pretty fine and nice and happy (-: .
Basically, what it actually is, as some of you know; his tests came back inconclusive. However, we did know that he developed gastric ulcers (as some of you know, this is quite common in ex-racers). The difficult part about this, it was very sudden. Chinga showed us no signs - misbehaviour, weight loss, lack of interest in food. Literally, nothing. Except for a colic which he had a while ago, which we determined (with a vet) that this was due to the recent floods we had.
We're still looking into things, as we want to make sure that it is -just- ulcers.
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