The wonderful Founder Warrior Veterinarian came all the way from Reno once again to work on Mama Tess today (Saturday).
(Can you believe that she drives all that way as often as she does? Me, neither. I’m just thankful that she cares enough to do that! Awesome!)
Anyway, the FW wanted to check on Tess because on her last visit November 14th, Tess was sore. We had upped her feed to put some minor weight back on her – and that was a mistake…
WHY FEEDING HER MORE FOOD WAS CONCERNING…
At this point, Tess is on Pergolide, Metformin and low NSC feed and soaked, low NSF hay. So, upping her feed shouldn’t have upset her IR or Cushings.
And, she was skinny… so we wanted to gradually add a bit of weight. One of the new feeds contained alfalfa.
But, adding feed made her laminitis flare. Her coronet band was very sensitive, she was lame on both feet and she was abscessing again.
So, we quit everything except the basics again and applied the maggots.
Luckily, she is coming out of that backslide.
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
So, we learned … something. What we learned, we’re not sure… Is the Pergolide not working? Is the Metformin not working? Do we need to increase the dosages? Or will she never be able to handle changes in her feed?
My thought is that she has never been able to handle alfalfa her entire life. Trainers have tried and she always had issues. Yet, every vet has told me that ‘a little bit of alfalfa’ shouldn’t be bad for them…
But for Tess, alfalfa doesn’t work. And maybe this little bit of alfalfa was all it took.
Again, dunno for sure… what tipped her very fragile balance is unknown.
For me, my mental note is that I will never, ever feed her alfalfa – in any form – ever again.
I will keep her on the skinny side. I will not vary much from what we are feeding now.
So far, so good.
For a horse that should have been put down, she is doing remarkably well!
However, if you were to come visit, you would certainly notice that she is quite lame.
On the other hand, she is happy and her feet continue to grow incredible amounts of sole. The right foot is growing with a great connection to the lamina. The left, not so much – yet. So, we wait and hope that the next round of maggots will clear out the final damaged and necrotic tissue so that the connection will be better on that left foot.
The scary part is the infection that continues. Is it in the bone? Or, is it normal infection that the maggots will help clear a path for final healing?
I’ve been told that she would be crippled with pain if she had a bone infection. She isn’t. So, I’m holding onto that…
Each day is a new day. When I see her happy face each morning, I feel very hopeful that she will continue to heal and thrive.
The new Team of Maggots – (Go Tess! – I should get all the maggots little Team jerseys) arrive on Tuesday. I will apply them myself and continue the good fight!
WHY HUBBY SHOULD NEVER LEAVE ME ALONE WHEN HE GOES ON VACATION…
We had planned on taking a Thanksgiving holiday. But, with Tess’ condition, I just couldn’t leave her. Besides, taking care of her is an awesome responsibility that isn’t fair to dump on a feeder for more than a day.
So, I told Hubby and the girls to go without me.
And, they did.
I amused myself… and continue to amuse myself… until they arrive home on Sunday eve. ;)
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