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CASLICK surgery for the OLDER MARE: No More Bladder Infections for Mama Tess!






OK, we are going to talk about horsey private parts and manure…  Just letting you know.  ;)

ACK!  MT HAS A BLADDER INFECTION!

Much to my horror, MT had a bladder infection very recently.

…Hopefully, none of you readers are cringing at the mere utterance of “B-L-A-D-D-E-R  I-N-F-E-C-T-I-O-N”.   Hopefully you haven’t had to endure the doubling-over pain associated (or that I associate) with bladder infections.  I hate bladder infections.

I could not believe that this poor girl had to endure such pain.  And, she was in pain because I could see it in her eyes, and she was sweating.  I knew something was up… and then I saw her urinate.  There was blood.  I ran to the phone.

Long story short, sulfur pills were dispensed immediately and she is much, much better.

But… I didn’t want it to happen again.

Click image to read the full article...

Click image to read the full article…

CASLICK SURGERY ISN’T JUST FOR PREGNANT MARES

Caslick surgery was invented by Dr. Caslick to prevent abortion or infection in pregnant mares with a flaccid/weak vaginal seal by sewing the uppermost part of the vulva to prevent wind-sucking or any other contaminants from getting into her vagina.

Here is a very nice article with graphic photos.

But, this idea can also work with an older mare whose conformation in that area has changed or tipped.  In older mares, or mares that have foaled often, they lose muscle tone which sucks the anus backwards.  Because of this ‘tucking in’ of the anus, these mares can eliminate INTO their vagina.

Now, this rarely happens because the vagina has a few chambers that keep the bad out (vulval seal) – but in some cases, those chambers are flaccid or injured or exposed.

So, the Caslick surgery can help by closing the area right under the anus.  They don’t suture the entire vulva shut – of course… only the top part that is directly in line with the sucked back anus.  They leave plenty of opening for normal urination.

This is not MT.  But, you can see how this mare's anus is sucked back and her vulva is loose, which could allow for her to contaminate herself upon elimination.

This is not MT. But, you can see how this mare’s anus is sucked back and her vulva is loose, which could allow for her to contaminate into herself upon elimination.  She is build similarly to MT.

BLADDER INFECTION GONE, SURGERY DONE.

The vet came out and carefully numbed the sensitive area.   MT was eating so she barely noticed.  Then, he cut a thin piece of tissue on either side of her vulva so the edges would be fresh and ready to heal together.

The rest was simple stitching.

Tess is resting comfortably.  I know she knows that it hurts a bit back there, but it isn’t keeping her from eating or sleeping.

I just checked on her tonight and she was fine.

For me, I am resting easier knowing that we’ve taken precautions so that MT won’t suffer another bladder infection during my watch.  To be fair, we don’t know exactly what caused this infection, but her conformation lends itself to self-contamination.  So, I feel like I was given a good warning – and it was time to be proactive so that she won’t have to suffer any more bladder infections.

When the vet left, I gave her a huge new pile of shavings and she immediately started pawing...

I gave MT a huge, new pile of shavings and she immediately started pawing… She was a bit tender but surgery hurt much less than the bladder infection!

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One way to repair your Equine Slipper while you await for your replacement… ;)


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 | Filed under Handy Tips




OK, you guys are going to think I’m obsessed with my Equine Slippers.  I’m not.

But, since I use Equine Slippers daily while MT is healing, I like to pass on my “Aha” moments to others in case they are also using Equine Slippers daily.

WHILE WAITING FOR MY REPLACEMENT SLIPPER…

I have several Equine Slippers in all kinds of states of disrepair sitting on my “boot” shelf in the feed room.

And then I had an ‘Aha’ moment…

I wondered if I could simply remove the flapping, almost totally detached leather sole and put it on the inside of the cordura slipper.  If I could do that, then I would be able to use the Slipper for a few more days while I waited for the UPS man to arrive.

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Two of my many Equine Slippers in disrepair that sit on my shelf. If I had a very powerful sewing machine, I could sew the leather back on. I don’t think it is cost effective to take it to a Shoe Repair, but maybe… But, I had another idea…

THE SWITCHEROO!

I took my manicure scissors (amazing what household tools we are willing to use for our horses, eh?) and cut the remaining threads to remove the perfectly good leather sole from the cordura slipper.

I then put the sole inside the slipper, to see if it would still fit.  It did!

I put the leather sole inside and it fit!

I put the leather sole inside and it fit!

WASH AND FLUFF!

Yay!  So, I then turned the Equine Slipper Cordura boot inside out and threw it in the washer.  I figured I wanted the inside cleaned well.

I then took the clean cordura slipper and inserted the leather sole, in the same orientation.  This way, it fit and the dirty side was still down.

I then added sheet cotton for cushion and Gold Bond powder because it reduces the moisture in the boot.

I added sheet cotton and Gold Bond Powder to reduce moisture.

I added sheet cotton and Gold Bond Powder to reduce moisture.

The Equine Slipper rides again!... It lasted 3 more days before she wore a slight hole in the cordura sole.  Of course, the leather was still inside and therefore separated her from the ground.

The Equine Slipper rides again!… It lasted 3 more days before she wore a slight hole in the cordura sole. Of course, the leather was still inside and therefore separated her from the ground.

ET VOILA~

It isn’t perfect, but I had it on her hoof for the last three days and she just today wore a little hole in the cordura.

The good news is that the UPS guy just drove away and I now have a new Equine Slipper.

So, for me, a good day!

My new Equine Slipper arrived today!  But, now I know how to salvage some of my old Slippers for when I need a quick fix!

My new Equine Slipper arrived today! But, now I know how to salvage some of my old Slippers for when I need a quick fix!

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