Selling my soul for vet bill...any takers?
Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:01 PM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:14 AM
I just got over half my last vet bill paid off ($1500, thank God my vet takes payments) and now I will have a new bill...not for just one horse but for two.
Summer has finally arrived here in Oregon...we've had 8 days of 80 degree weather with no rain. My mare gets plenty of fresh water as her bucket is dumped and rinsed twice a day. Last night she seemed a bit quiet but I figured she was just tired from not laying down. She likes a deep bed and her shavings were getting low as I wanted to strip her stall today.
Today I spent three hours with her, her head hanging low as she walked next to me as I did the chores. I double bedded her stall and when I bought her in, she sighed and laid right down. She's not colicky, she doesn't have a fever, she's not off her feed...she just seems tired. I talked to the vet and he said she just sounds like she's tired and hot but to keep an eye on her.
Fast forward 45 minutes. I've worked my gelding and taken him out for some hand grazing. As we walk back to the barn, his hind end goes completely limp and he ends up sitting down like a donkey. I get him up and he's ouchy. I turn him out in the round pen to keep and eye on him and notice a lump on his left hip.
So I call the vet again. He's coming out to xray him and take blood from both of them. I'm guessing my bill will be at least $1000. I'm very hopeful that the rest of the year will be vet free. In the mean time, anyone have any ideas on how to make extra cash...short of selling my soul :-p
Get her checked for potamic...just in case
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:21 AM
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:41 AM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:46 AM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:49 PM
I'm hoping she was just hot and tired. She was peppy last night and this morning. I haven't heard back from the vet yet so I'm hoping their blood tests are all normal.
As for the money, if the results come back and my gelding will never be sound, hard as it may be, I would put him down. My mare I have had for over 20 years. I'd sell my kidney if she needed me to. There are some things I won't put her thru, like colic surgery, but as long as its something I can fix without overly stressing her, I will see it done.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:11 AM
During our horrible summer last year, I noticed my old mare would stand out in the sun when she had plenty of shade available, which just wasn't like her. She really suffered last summer, the heat causing so much stress to her that she had a major laminitis attack. I brought her in during the day with fans, fed electrolytes, and turned out at night, when it would cool down to 95 or so .
I was never able to control her laminitis after that, and I lost her last winter.