My vet had me give him some bute tonight to see if that helped with any pain and swelling in his throat. It must have because I made him his usual dinner and just used some warm water to turn it into a major slurpy (which I figured will help make sure he is getting water into him) and he ate it up. He also got two flakes of hay in his stall but he is picking at those. Maybe it is too rough on his throat right now. If It looks like he hardly touched it when I go back out in the AM then I will probably soak some of the alfalfa cubes I have in warm water for him. His area of Alabama has reported cases of EEE and West Nile. He is running a fever as of tonight but it was low so I am hoping it is neither one of those. He has been vaccinated for both but it is my understanding it doesnt protect fully- just lessens the chances. However vet seems confident he just caught the crud and that it manifested into pneumonia and that we caught it early enough before it could get too bad. Fingers crossed. My BO is going to check on him tonight around 1130/midnight before she goes to bed since she lives on the property.
I have had my share of leg injuries, scrapes, etc with Drifter but never an actual disease such as this. Poor little man. Its hard seeing them when they feel so bad.