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post #1 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Put Him DOWN ? 40yr Buddy .

My 40 yr old gelding has been off feed and water.
He acts pretty good . I had Vet out yesterday and said he looks bright .

BUT BLOOD TESTS don't look so good.

Urea N Very High 119mg
Creatinine Very High 15.7mg

Glucose little low 52mg
Sodium little low 129 mmol
Cholesterol High 137 mg
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Little Hi 19.7pg
Red Cell Distribution Width Little Lo 19.0%
Platelet Count Little Lo 94 Clumped Platelets

I was told to watch him -- but I don't know what is best to do he seems like he is okay.
Should I put him down or keep seeing what may happen ?
I've raised him from a baby and he is still my baby.But I know he's 40 yrs old .. Anyone had one with these problems ?
I'm supposed to decide in the morning what to do . Maybe say a pray for us.
John
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post #2 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 09:18 PM
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You to think about quality of life not quantity at this point. He'll let you know when it's time.
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post #3 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 09:20 PM
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What does the Vet say, is it dehydration or is he loosing kidney function? I'm sorry to read this, and can't tell you what to do-the horse will be the one to tell you when it is time. Sending good thoughts your way...

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WOW .. I don't envy your position :(. This is a LONG time friend to you.

Uhm, I think I would say that you know your friend best. We don't see and live with him daily. You know what he's capable of and you ... deep down, know inside when it's time. You say he's doing okay but something must be making you question it. Try and figure out what that something is. Maybe that will answer the questions you have inside.

You've had a friendship to be proud of. :)
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post #5 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 09:24 PM
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I agree, you will know when its time. Think about what's fairest for him. If he is not eating or drinking (sounds like the cause of his whacky lab values) then I would start saying good byes, keep a close eye on him and keep euth in your head.
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I know - he has been getting along fairly well can't see to well and I think his hearing is off - can't really tell where sounds come from .
But I try to hand feed different things to him and he nuzzles you and rub his nose on you. When things are good in life we always take them so much for granted --------- TREASURE THE MOMENTS YOU HAVE ! They disappear so quickly.
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He will let you know when it is time, and once her lets you know, you will have to do what is right for him.
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What does the Vet say, is it dehydration or is he loosing kidney function? I'm sorry to read this, and can't tell you what to do-the horse will be the one to tell you when it is time. Sending good thoughts your way...

The Vet seems to think from the Blood work it is the Kidneys - so even if he seems to be moving around and responding I suppose the Blood Test have to be used as the determining factor as what too do . None of which makes it any easier.
Sunday I annouced at a Sleigh & Cutter event and watching the horses and knowing mine is not doing so well sure tugged at my heart strings ---
Thanks for the comments they sure make me feel better... John
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We have a tradition here, we post "jingling curb chains" as a way to let others know we are thinking of them and their horses. I am sending jingles your way John, it's a hard road you are on now but all of us here understand.

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post #10 of 46 Old 01-31-2013, 09:44 PM
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I'm sure he will let you know when it is time. I hope he gets better.
Sending prayers your way.

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