Spring is here and evidently, there is too much grass in Norma’s small paddock.
Norma presented with laminitis when I went out to feed this morning. Aargh. We went through this two years ago. (Here is that story.) Norma was in the barn for two months as we battled founder in both of her front feet. The vet and specialists tried everything we could think of to help her – we used experimental injections, oral medications, salves, abscess drawing agents, pads… you name it. I was just sick about it all.
The only thing that finally helped was Anti-Flam that a concerned reader suggested I purchase.
I hope the Anti-Flam helps this time. I’m like a frightened trauma survivor who is now instantly terrified. I’m overly upset right now because her ordeal was so traumatic last time.
So, I thought I’d share this ‘as it happens’ with you.
Norma is my 19 year-old jenny who I rescued when she was 2.
She’s sweet, quiet, very mannered, puts the ponies in their place, guards the ranch and adds decorum and justice to the herd. Not only that, she has her own FB page.
I love all of my animals and I have a very soft spot for Norma.
WHY THIS IS HAPPENING
Norma is overweight. Sadly, she is like a ChiaDonkey. She needs little food to make her grow.
Because she is overweight, I have her in the smallest paddock with three other horses who eat everything available – or so I thought.
Clearly, there was enough new grass and she ate too much of it.
As many of you have seen, Norma wears a grazing muzzle when she is outside of her paddock.
If I could get the weight off, she’d be better able to handle sugar spikes. My only excuse is that I’m too busy to exercise her and she’s not going to do it herself.
Last time, I had her in the barn and we watched her like a hawk. She had Banamine and every other kind of laminitis/founder treatment available to no results. Her case was very severe. She was down more than she was up. What finally seemed to work was a recommendation I received from a reader. She told me to get Anti-Flam from Omega Alpha. She said it is made of all natural ingredients so it wouldn’t upset her stomach – and she said it worked better than medicine.
So, I bought it and had it rushed here.
Norma ate it happily (although she didn’t want it this morning so I had to push it into her orally) and her horrible lameness subsided! We were all amazed. She could walk and spent most of her time upright instead of down. No one could believe it.
Then, a few days later, she blew several abscesses.
I’m not sure if the Anti-Flam helped with the abscesses, but it did help her with the inflammation and pain of it all… And, she could walk after ingesting it. I continued to give her Anti-flam for about a month afterwards and she recovered. It has been 2 years… until this morning.
Today, I gave her a double dose, orally. I also have it in her food bowl which she would not touch while I was looking. I did see her eat out of it when she thought I was gone. I’ve also contacted Omega Alpha and have asked to order a large supply of the Anti-Flam so I can get her through this. Sigh.
QUICK RESPONSE FROM COMPANY…
I emailed Omega Alpha today which is a SUNDAY and they responded immediately! You gotta love that! ( I encourage any of you to use this email to ask specific questions regarding remedies for your horses… they are very knowledgeable and helpful: firstname.lastname@example.org ) Here is what they told me to do in addition to the Anti-Flam:
“Get her some lesser quality hay so she can forage and have gut fill.
I would double the AntiFlam and if you have to give a bit of bute it isn’t the end of the world we just want to get her under control the inflammation down and the feet cool. Then she can get back to her maintenance dose of AntiFlam. Just make sure she has had food or some Gastra-fx to buffer the bute on the stomach.
Does she have any metabolic issues? Adren-FX is our Cushing’s product and is often used with AntiFlam. Adren-FX is used to help control sugar imbalances and hormone imbalances.”
Luckily, I have all of those products so I’m figuring out how to get her to ingest it all when she is this unhappy…
CROSSING FINGERS AND PRAYING
I’m not that religious but I am looking up to the heavens and asking Aladdin to look after his best friend. (Norma and Aladdin were very tight.) I feel like I’ve let her down by not putting her in the grazing muzzle inside of her paddock when the grass started to come in.
I love this donk and will do everything I can to bring her through this.
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