Dr. de la Cruz (Dr. Dreamy) came today to tend to Mama Tess.
Right now, she has chronic, slight, infection tracks in both feet (and a split left hoof wall). Generally, this indicates a bone infection (bad) or a foot infection up inside. After taking Xrays several weeks ago, we noted she has a lot going on in there… So, we are hitting it hard with antibiotics and surface antibiotics. We’ve opened up the tracks to let them drain more easily.
Even though the infection on the Xrays looked to be in her bone… she was walking around like it wasn’t. So, we decided to be optimistic and treat her aggressively and hopefully – like we have been doing for 2 years now.
Today, when the DR arrived, Tess was walking around, as usual, displaying behavior that is not congruent with coffin bone infections.
So far so good.
MAMA WAS OUTSIDE STROLLING AROUND – WHEN SHE SAW HIS TRUCK…
Mama saw the vet truck arriving and came shuffle running back inside her veranda.
MT (looking right into my eyes): “Is this going to be a sucky day for me? Is he going to poke at my feet”?!
Me: Well, it won’t be horribly sucky but he will work on your feet.
MT (moonwalkng over to her trimming area): “Oh awlright. I’ll do this. But, I expect treats after.”
MT (squinting to see who was driving the vet truck, her eyes brightening suddenly): “Is this the DR that smells really good?”
And so it went. MT loves Dr. Dreamy. She allows him to work on her and she is very accommodating.
CARVING, REPACKING and good news!
Dr. de la Cruz thought Mama Tess had lost some weight… which was good.
After picking up the left foot, he was pleased by the growth at the coronet band, and also pleased by the hardness of the underside. No infection smell. Yay!
He trimmed and opened up the infection track – just to be safe. He treated the area, trimmed the foot/heel/sole and put in some TOMORROW (bovine med) in the track, packed it with sugardine and wrapped. Ole!
The right foot had very slight drainage. DR opened up that track, treated it, trimmed the sole/heel/toe and packed the area with sugardine, wrap and done!
THE BEST PART
The best part of it all was how DR spoke to and treated Mama Tess. He converses with her as if she was his girlfriend or best girl buddy. He talks to her in a soft voice and tells her what he is doing. He respects her, values her and sweetly asks permission. It is WONDERFUL.
When MT is resting, DR will pat her neck or rub her wither… he is always talking to her, telling her what he is doing and thanking her for being brave and good. He even kissed her when he said goodbye!
If all vets loved and respected animals the way Dr. de la Cruz does, the world would be a better place.
END OF THE MONTH BUCKET FUND! We have found a secure way to get hay to the very rare and almost extinct herd of Skyros horses in Greece! There are only 120 left in Greece and only 30 in Scotland! Let’s please help save this rare, ancient and valuable herd!!! Click here!
*Does anyone know Athina Onassis? I wonder if she would be interested in importing a small herd to America? Anyone else? It would be very good to not have the only Skyros horses in close proximity in case of infection…