Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Food Bloat and the Tooth Fairy

Adventures at Cherry Croft... With Cows










In other news... The last two weeks have been pretty, not cool. Other than some personal issues yet celebrating an awesome birthday with a friend, I've been pretty over the edge and ready to explode. Why? Can't really explain, but it's been an emotional roller coaster and I'm ready for it to be over. I thought even a trail ride with my boy would help but as soon as my feet hit the ground... I was back to square one.

Much needed trail ride to help.
I thought Sunday would be a new start until one of my trouble makers reminded me what a little fence jumping could do... And no it wasn't the horse.

Cute huh?
THINK AGAIN!
You can't really tell by the picture but I came home to a ridiculously fat/bloated dog...

I walked him for about 30 mins and had a complete breakdown. Usually I'm pretty calm and cool when he does something stupid or one of my animals is not doing so well, but this really pushed me over the edge and I was ready to just be done with it all. Including my job. My retarded shifts that change from week to week, my Dad leaving for 2-3 weeks at a time and Chevy going from being with someone all day to no one, all of it. I just broke down and couldn't handle any of it. Finally I called the hospital and went in for an emergency.

Not so cute after puking 3 times.
We took X-rays and he had wicked food bloat (still trying to get a copy of those). Not the bad bloat, but there's really no such thing as a good bloat now is there. I placed my first IV catheter on my own dog and hooked him up to fluids. We discussed a plan of attack and because it was late and technically the hospital is closed, the doctor sent me home to do IV fluids on my own. 


Proved to myself that I can actually get this shit done under pressure. We sat and watched Happy Gilmore as I gobbled up Taco Bell... Yes, Taco Bell... As I said, last two weeks? Bullshit... ANYWAY! Couldn't be more proud of how perfect of a patient Chevy was... He actually fell asleep.




Things were looking up for the Chevster. Spent Monday in the hospital on fluids all day until I took him home. After an hour or so of being home though, the vomiting started. First it was more food, then it was food colored liquid, then bloody mucous and bile. The doctor that helped me wasn't on call that night but she called me anyhow and I ended up meeting her and another tech at the clinic in town late last night. We gave him a couple of injections and some new medications and hoped for the best.

Luckily he has been great all day. Went to the hospital to pick up some stuff and visit with everyone. Tail was wagging, ears up, my pup was back. No more vomiting and a new toy to play with, he couldn't be happier. Well he could be if I fed him more but we have to ease back into that.

Brantley had a date with the dentist today!
(very expensive week for me which doesn't help my cliff-jumping...)

Hanging out with Dustin before his appointment.

Molars and all looked great from last time, but now onto the big issue!
If you look at B's incisors, there's a huge slant. Because he is young, it can be corrected so we began the process today. This will help improve his jaw joints and chewing capabilities which in turn will work well with the rest of his body. It's amazing that a lot of problems in a horse can start from their feet or their teeth. Maybe this will help some of his other comfort issues, I know the shoes did.

This is a before picture, I didn't get a chance to take an after but there's already a huge difference. He'll be seen in another 6 months and the process will continue and eventually it will no longer be a problem. I'll see if I can grab a picture tomorrow.

Sleepy Pony
I wish I could get knocked out for the dentist...
Big snow storms coming this week starting tonight. Excited? 
As long as everyone stays healthy I will be.

14 Comments:

At February 4, 2014 at 8:44 PM , Blogger L.Williams said...

How about a hug :) *hug*

 
At February 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Much needed and much appreciated.

 
At February 4, 2014 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

<3

 
At February 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM , Blogger BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Wow...Not a good week. :-(

Did the dentist have any idea why B's teeth were so slanted at a young age?

 
At February 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Bree said...

Oh my goodness chevyyyyy D: D: D: that's so scary. I would freak the hell out too.

and wow, slanty teeth! I dunno what that means with horsies but it is crazy to see! How do they correct something like that, level them out by grinding down or something?

and I dunno whats going on beyond animal business but I loves you and misses you soo there's that!!

 
At February 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Kate said...

Holy crap you weren't kidding about Brantley's teeth! That slant was probably causing him some discomfort and I hope you'll see a difference now. I know this has been a shitty week. Hang in there.

 
At February 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Alicia said...

That teeth photo is crazy, I never even thought of that as something that could go wrong. Hang in there, I'm sure all of this will sort itself out.

 
At February 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous Lauren @ She Moved To Texas said...

Aw, that's too much to take. Hope your sweet pup is still okay.

 
At February 5, 2014 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

They use power tools to grind them down and even them out. I miss you too.

 
At February 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

:)

 
At February 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

He said he wasn't sure how it could happen other than not having any work done on his incisors. It's very rare at his age and a lot of floaters don't work with them. As horses age it can happen and they learn to live with it. He's at the right age where we can reverse it. Yay!

 
At February 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Couldn't do it without you!

 
At February 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Tracy said...

Hang in there! Things will get better soon *hugs*

 
At February 11, 2014 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Lauren said...

Glad the pup is feeling better. Poor Chevy :(

 

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Food Bloat and the Tooth Fairy

Adventures at Cherry Croft... With Cows










In other news... The last two weeks have been pretty, not cool. Other than some personal issues yet celebrating an awesome birthday with a friend, I've been pretty over the edge and ready to explode. Why? Can't really explain, but it's been an emotional roller coaster and I'm ready for it to be over. I thought even a trail ride with my boy would help but as soon as my feet hit the ground... I was back to square one.

Much needed trail ride to help.
I thought Sunday would be a new start until one of my trouble makers reminded me what a little fence jumping could do... And no it wasn't the horse.

Cute huh?
THINK AGAIN!
You can't really tell by the picture but I came home to a ridiculously fat/bloated dog...

I walked him for about 30 mins and had a complete breakdown. Usually I'm pretty calm and cool when he does something stupid or one of my animals is not doing so well, but this really pushed me over the edge and I was ready to just be done with it all. Including my job. My retarded shifts that change from week to week, my Dad leaving for 2-3 weeks at a time and Chevy going from being with someone all day to no one, all of it. I just broke down and couldn't handle any of it. Finally I called the hospital and went in for an emergency.

Not so cute after puking 3 times.
We took X-rays and he had wicked food bloat (still trying to get a copy of those). Not the bad bloat, but there's really no such thing as a good bloat now is there. I placed my first IV catheter on my own dog and hooked him up to fluids. We discussed a plan of attack and because it was late and technically the hospital is closed, the doctor sent me home to do IV fluids on my own. 


Proved to myself that I can actually get this shit done under pressure. We sat and watched Happy Gilmore as I gobbled up Taco Bell... Yes, Taco Bell... As I said, last two weeks? Bullshit... ANYWAY! Couldn't be more proud of how perfect of a patient Chevy was... He actually fell asleep.




Things were looking up for the Chevster. Spent Monday in the hospital on fluids all day until I took him home. After an hour or so of being home though, the vomiting started. First it was more food, then it was food colored liquid, then bloody mucous and bile. The doctor that helped me wasn't on call that night but she called me anyhow and I ended up meeting her and another tech at the clinic in town late last night. We gave him a couple of injections and some new medications and hoped for the best.

Luckily he has been great all day. Went to the hospital to pick up some stuff and visit with everyone. Tail was wagging, ears up, my pup was back. No more vomiting and a new toy to play with, he couldn't be happier. Well he could be if I fed him more but we have to ease back into that.

Brantley had a date with the dentist today!
(very expensive week for me which doesn't help my cliff-jumping...)

Hanging out with Dustin before his appointment.

Molars and all looked great from last time, but now onto the big issue!
If you look at B's incisors, there's a huge slant. Because he is young, it can be corrected so we began the process today. This will help improve his jaw joints and chewing capabilities which in turn will work well with the rest of his body. It's amazing that a lot of problems in a horse can start from their feet or their teeth. Maybe this will help some of his other comfort issues, I know the shoes did.

This is a before picture, I didn't get a chance to take an after but there's already a huge difference. He'll be seen in another 6 months and the process will continue and eventually it will no longer be a problem. I'll see if I can grab a picture tomorrow.

Sleepy Pony
I wish I could get knocked out for the dentist...
Big snow storms coming this week starting tonight. Excited? 
As long as everyone stays healthy I will be.