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UPDATES on my Experiments with Mama Tess!






(I am out of town, visiting Hubby… and I forgot to take photos of MT before I left – or I would have inserted them.  So, the pics here are kinda boring.  Sorry!)

UPDATES on my Experiments with Mama Tess!

You might remember that I decided to experiment with a few of Mama Tess’ treatments.

THE FIRST EXPERIMENT:  SARCOID VS. VALACYCLOVIR

First off, I had MT’s sarcoid diagnosed so I was sure it was benign.  Although it was ugly, it wasn’t a health issue.

The vets said that the only way to get rid of it was surgery.

Ugh.

And then I remembered that my Old Tymey Vet told me to crush up Shingles pills (Acyclovir) and put that directly on the sarcoid.  It would clear up in 2 weeks.  That’s all he said.  I wasn’t sure how much to use or how often to apply.

In any event, 2 crushed up pills applied every other day succeeded  only in creating a constant scab on the sarcoid.

It was if the top layer of the sarcoid was irritated and dropping off… but it would regrow rapidly.

And, Tess was clearly annoyed when I would reapply the paste to the scabby and reddish skin of the sarcoid.  I think it burned.

After a month of this, the sarcoid is smaller, but my mare hates me messing with it…

So much for it being gone in two weeks.

–I was told many mixed stories about sarcoid removal via topical treatments.  None seemed to be surefire.   There is a topical offered at Valley Vet, but I heard from many readers that it was very painful to the horse.

Soooooooo, I am now trying EquiSilver (No affiliation).  It is sprayed on and doesn’t seem to bother her.

The theory is that EquiSilver prevents many bacteria.

From the website:

EquiSilver is an exclusive patented veterinarian formulated chelated silver which has shown to kill hundreds of different infectious microorganisms — including many of the antibiotic resistant super pathogens.

I’ll let you know how it works.

By the way… I use EquiSilver  (No affiliation) daily on Tess’ feet before I wrap them.  I spray it all over and I also fill a small syringe and push it into any hole or crevice I see.  I think this help keep the areas clean of infection.

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USING FDA APPROVED PRASCEND VS COMPOUNDED PERGOLIDE

Well, as my one vet said, it has been noted that compounded Pergolide is not as effective as FDA approved Prascend for Cushings (No affiliation).

I have to agree.

Although another one of my vets said that there are several wonderful compounding pharmacies and she has seen no difference with her horses on compounded Pergolide… For Tess, and I went to the same pharmacy my vet recommended did, the compounded Pergolide did not work as well.

I noted that she was sweating more, she had haired up and she seemed to not be as comfortable.

The light went on and I decided to try the FDA approved Prascend… And Voila!  Within two weeks, she is shedding hair like crazy, Tess is sweating less and she is brighter.

So, for me, in this case, I choose the FDA approved Prascend.

However, I do us compounded Doxycycline with no adverse effect.  And, personally, I take a few compounded medications for my Lyme Disease.  So…

…I’m not against compounding pharmacies.  I just want the products that work best for my horse.

prascend_R46905I GOOGLED ‘BEAUTIFUL HORSE PICS”…

I googled ‘beautiful horse pics’ and this is what I found first.  Love it!  Looks like Paso Robles!

Anyway, here is a pic to view since the above pics were very dry.

Beautiful horse pic

Beautiful horse pic


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I swear, RENEW GOLD is like THE BEST THING EVER…!: I can put all of MamaTess’ bad tasting meds in a very small amount and she BEGS for more! …Licks her bowl! (Not an advertisement)






As most of you know, Mama Tess is on several therapies and medications daily   (hence why I keep selling all my jewelry… ;)

…and the medications she can smell a mile away…

Now, the fact that she hates the taste of some of her meds would normally make me reconsider them and try to figure out why she hates the taste.

But, after a year and a half of administering different medications and herbal tinctures, I have found that some medications are life-changing and she just has to eat them.

No ifs, ands or buts.

(As an aside, I’m all for cleansing and eating naturally – which in turn makes the body healthy.  I juice daily and eat just about nothing that is bad for me… But, I still recognize the benefit of Western Medicine when needed.  And Tess has been very, very sick…)

So besides excellent foods, I have to figure out ways to get those life-changing meds INTO my precious Queen.

Unfortunately, her meds don’t taste very good.  Prascend is the worst.  I was having to use mountains of auxiliary food to disguise that tiny, bitty (and bitter) crushed pill.  It became a game.  She wouldn’t eat anything if she tasted the slightest hint of the vulgar Prascend.  With great aplomb, she would pick up her bowl and fling it.

The Doxycycline looks like phosphorus or powdered Gatorade.  She ate it for a day or two but then turned up her nose.

Equioxx is the least of the offenders but… she still didn’t like it.

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This is MT tonight at dinner… She is quite particular about what she will eatl. Of the foods she can eat, I prepare them exactly how she likes them.  She has trained me well!

 

THE PROBLEM – how to get the meds inside the mare?!

I couldn’t get any of these particular meds to dissolve well in a syringe.  And I think a syringe of Prascend is even worse than the powder because when I tried (it ended up all over me…) I got stink-eye for an entire day.

The amount of Doxy powder needed was impossible for me to administer via syringe.  I’d have to sedate her and I think she’d still manage to hold her breath and spit it out.

I ended up having to hide the powder in her food – which she’d discover anyway and dump.

Not good for her recovery or my pocketbook…

Not only that, ultimately, the worse part… she wasn’t being dosed properly.

This is her tiny bowl of Renew Gold and her meds.  That is her big nose trying to get every last drop!

This is her tiny bowl of Renew Gold and her meds. That is her big nose trying to get every last drop!

SOLUTION! (No affiliation)

I know there are Founder, Cushings and Insulin Resistant (Tess has all three) folks out there who will run away screaming when I tell you all what I’ve decided to do – that is working for me…

I’m giving MT a cup of Renew Gold, mixed with all of her meds, in a tiny rubber bowl – twice a day.

And she eats every last morsel in about 30 seconds flat!

Done.  Dosing is accurate.

This stuff is great and she'll eat every last drop!  I give her a cup with her meds and it is all gone in 30 seconds!  (No affiliation)

This stuff is great and she’ll eat every last drop! I give her a cup with her meds and it is all gone in 30 seconds! (No affiliation)

WHY SOME WILL BALK AT THIS…

Renew Gold is a remarkable feed with Cool Stance (coconut) – which does wonders.  But, it is based in stabilized rice bran, which is not good for Founder, IR or Cushings.

However, for me, I feel it is worse to not get the meds inside of her accurately, than it is to give her 2 cups of Renew Gold a day.

I’ve been caring for this girl for so long, the LAST THING we need is for her to fall backwards because she won’t eat her meds.

So, that was my decision… and it is working!

Here is Tess yesterday, she continues to walk across the rock driveway and stroll around the ranch!

Here is Tess yesterday, she continues to walk across the rock driveway and stroll around the ranch!

TEST

Last week or so, I told you that I was putting her back on FDA approved Prascend instead of compounded Pergolide.  I have also decided to put her back on Doxycycline after being off for a year.  And, I’m using Previcox instead of Bute because it is more focused and easier on the stomach.  (I also use Anti-Flam by Omega Alpha daily.)

And, she’s better.

This is Tess up by Finn's pasture - it is uphill and not easy!

This is Tess up by Finn’s pasture – it is uphill and not easy!

MAMA TESS TODAY…

MT is really happy.  Every time I checked on her today, she was out and about – visiting others and trying to find any little morsels on the brown lawns.  She is lame, no question, but she is happy and motoring around – being a horse again.

I am A-M-A-Z-E-D.  Totally.   I never thought she would rebound so well after her very difficult trailering episode last week.  (You can read about it here.)

Between the new meds and the new consistent dosing, things are looking UP!

Here she is on her way up to the house.  You can see leaves in her hair because she has ROLLED!  Amazing.

Here she is on her way up to the house. You can see leaves in her hair and stuck to her side because she has ROLLED! Amazing.

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Mama Tess’ Treasure Chest opens!

Today we have two, very sweet, summery beachy, ice-creamy simple crochet necklaces with graduated Czech glass beads and Sterling button at closure.  They are sold separately but can be worn together!  Perfect for back to school!

To Purchase caramel rose and burgundy necklace 15″ for $25, click here!

To Purchase sweet creamy pink graduated 17″ necklace for $25, click here!

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CLICK IMAGE to see more -  it changes daily!  Thank you!

CLICK IMAGE to see more – it changes daily! Thank you!


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