(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.
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.
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.
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.