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HowClever 04-10-2010 03:36 AM

Welcome to my nightmare....
I think I have recently developed a love/hate relationship with my vet. I LOVE that he has been there for my horses, but boy do I HATE seeing him.

This week has cost me more money than the whole time I've had my horses! (Maybe a slight exaggeration, but shush I'm ranting!) So first my baby boy Nippa decides hes going to somehow, with a wrapped tail, manage to cut open the underside of his dock, right near the arteries. And may I just say, the cheapo $4 tail wrap, unscathed apart from the blood stain! So he gets a vet call out, sedation, gets it all cleaned up and is on a course of antibiotics. Pretty average vet call out, think I can budget in that bill.


Hugo decides now is definitely the right time to go down with major colic. I have literally just walked in the door after spending the last 24 hours (in shifts) walking him around and begging the little so and so to poo. So that one is gunna cost me an emergency vet call out, sedation, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, anti-spasmodics & drenching. Sheesh thanks a bunch Hugo, lucky I love you so much!!

Horses! Why do I have them! Oh, wait, I think I remember......

writer23 04-10-2010 04:36 AM

Colic? You poor thing. We lost our very first mare we'd had for 17 years to colic last fall. Major vet bills (over $4000). It took three days and in the end surgery (the fatty ball thing that hangs in their stomach had wrapped around part of her intestine) wasn't an option due to her age. But those three days were horrific and I don't wish it upon anyone. At least we knew we had done everything we could do for our family member.

Hope it passes! Keep us posted. And try to get someone to switch with you, and get a little sleep (I remember the 48 hour straight watches, not fun).

HowClever 04-10-2010 04:41 AM

Oh, so sorry to hear that!

Hugo seems to be ok now, he's staying on his feet, and not pawing or looking at his belly anymore. And has finally pooped! So here's hoping he's on the mend. He's still under close watch though!

It terrified me when he went down because he's 17 too, and I know how easy it would be for him to get himself in to some major trouble!

HowClever 04-11-2010 02:53 AM


another vet bill on the way. Hugo was very lethargic this morning, kept laying down, although not trying to roll. He was way off his normal sparky character, not too mention off his food. So I called the vet again. He said it seems that Hugo's tummy is a bit irritated from the blockage, and he had a bit of gas built up in there. So he gave him some more tummy relaxants and pain killers, and an injection of antibiotics, with another one due tomorrow. Here's hoping he'll be ok, I'm pretty scared for my beautiful old boy now.

writer23 04-11-2010 04:19 AM

The waiting it out is tough:( Toughest thing I've been through as an animal owner, ever.

Some horses will colic and be fine and colic and be fine. Has he ever had colic before? Colic is such a general term, it's hard to make any comment other than just being supportive unfortunately.

What happened with our Tavi was that she passed her blockage (violently) and perked up for a 30 hours (vet said she was coming home soon), then rapidly declined early that morning. The laxatives will pass the blockage but in our mare's situation the strangled intestine kept getting blocked. So our vet told us she had been through enough and it was time to let her go since surgery wasn't an option. My sister, my niece and I went to the surgery to brush her and take her for a little walk and said our goodbyes.

Keep your hopes up! Your vet seems optimistic. Just keep a close eye on things the next little while.

HowClever 04-11-2010 04:25 AM

He hasn't colicked in the time that I have had him, but I've only known him less than 12 months, which isn't a lot out of 17 years! Have just checked him again and he is up and about, and his gut sounds seem pretty normal. Vet doesn't seem to think he's twisted anything, which is of course what I was most worried about, but being a little neurotic, I will contine to worry until he's happily frolicking with the rest of the herd again!
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writer23 04-11-2010 04:30 AM

That's great news!

Jordi 04-11-2010 06:41 AM

Glad to hear he's better! :-) Colic can be so scary.

Writer23--we lost a mare to a lipoma also. She was a gorgeous, perfectly healty Arab mare and unfortunately it strangled part of her intestine also. We spent thousands trying to save her, but in the end, opted for no surgery because she was in her 20s. I still miss her--she was a wonderful horse.:-(

speedy da fish 04-11-2010 06:55 AM

urh! the thought of these things make me panic! calling the vet tomorrow for flu vaccine and a look at Will's ears, hes been scratching them bad lately :s
Glad your colic case had a happy ending though :)

HowClever 04-11-2010 07:59 AM

Thanks for the support guys.

Have been out with him for the last 4 hours, just keeping an eye on things. He seems to have moments where his belly hurts a little, but with the irritation from the blockage thats the way everyone is leaning, as he isn't trying to roll or anything anymore and he has very audible gut sounds. Will be going out after dinner to check on him again.

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