Ok, vet came. Really did not like the way he looked (although I had to assure him, he has always been lethargic/mellow....although maybe he has never felt very good?) He listened to his tummy, didn't hear any sand, but then put some poop in a clear plastic bag with some water...a tiny bit of sand settled into the bottom, so he said it would not hurt to to do 7 days of Sand Clear....Bruno too.
He said I should be worming them every 8 weeks (my original vet said every 12 weeks, BTW, original vet moved, I had only used him once) AND he said they should be getting a flake of hay EACH a.m. And pm. I am shocked by that...other vet said 1/4 flake each a.m./p.m. He said no more sweet feed, go back to 10% pellets. He went ahead and gave them both a worming injection. He said he could test for Cushings ($125) but might as well wait and see before paying that much. He said his coat (see? This is actually ON TOPIC for this thread!
) being so thick and growing back so quickly is a sign of cushings. I will say, he does not drink very much, and does not pee very much, so we will wait on that test.
I had been getting my hay at a place nearby that is convenient, vet was not happy with the quality. Said the alfalfa looked good, but the timothy was very "stemmy." Said the place I go is notorious for poor quality. I kind of knew that...that place is not run very well. The "good" feed store is far, and there is a minimum for delivery. Will have to see what I can work out, maybe share an order w/a friend.
Obviously the pic at the beginning of this thread is Boo just a few weeks ago, so he doesn't look HORRIBLE, but I do see his hips sticking out a bit more. I want him to get back to being the cute little boy in my pictures in my profile.
Anyway, thanks for caring! Will keep you updated!