Wednesday, August 25, 2021

More Good News

 

(Photo is the day we left her at the vet, July 22, a little over a month ago. She was there for a week.)

We had Epona's checkup today, and it went very well. Her right lung was completely clear, but her left still had residual inflammation. It was not new aspiration, and that is the good news. Things like this just take time for the body to clear. They were far enough along that she didn't want to use antibiotics. 



(Photo from Epona's first day of life. A trip to the vet for her mama's retained placenta and her first checkup.)

By process of elimination, our vet now contributes Epona's issue to a difficult birth. It makes sense. We didn't have anything to compare it to, but it did seem unusual. Cowgirl struggled for a while, going in and out of the barn and into the pasture. When she did deliver, she did it standing, and Epona plopped loudly to the ground. Cowgirl walked away about 20 feet and looked like she was in shock. She looked the opposite direction, stomping her back foot over and over again--a blank stare. Since she wasn't tending to Epona, I went in with my daughter and pulled back the birth sac from her face. When Cowgirl saw me doing that, it seemed to trigger her back to the moment, and she came over and finished the job.  Of course, she had retained the placenta and afterbirth, and I tied it into a knot until we could get her to the vet the next morning.

Our vet described the process that could have caused Epona to experience nerve damage and oxygen deprivation, but it was too complicated for me to remember. At any rate, she thinks she will grow out of it in a few months, and she is not aspirating any new food or water into the lungs.


(Photo from today.)

I dewormed Epona four days ago. She was starting to grind her teeth, and that can be caused by ulcers and / or worms. With all the stress she has been under, it could be either. She didn't expel any worms in her manure, but that doesn't mean she didn't have an egg load or the body absorbed them. It's hard to say, but after I dewormed her with Panacur, she lost her appetite for two days and dropped weight again. The vet didn't think it would have been caused by the dewormer itself and suspects it was a worm load. She isn't grinding her teeth anymore. The vet wants me to continue with the ulcerguard for two more weeks, and we'll take a fecal sample at her next appointment, around the same timeframe.

She thinks her growth has been temporarily stunted due to the stress and feeding issues, but expects her to start putting on the pounds now that she has so much of it behind her. (She lost almost 20 pounds just since I dewormed her, but her appetite is back to normal now.)

Poor Epona. This has been a tough road, but it looks like we've finally turned the corner, and the prognosis is excellent.





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    1. Definitely heading the right direction! 👏

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  2. AT this point I feel like I have part ownership in Epona- at least emotionally. I am so glad to hear this news and it makes me so happy.

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    1. 😂 Everyone has an emotional stake in Epona! I didn’t follow up on that earlier proposal of shared ownership because I wasn’t sure what my daughter decided to do, but we had a talk yesterday and she is keeping ownership and covering all of Epona’s medical and care bills. They have definitely added up, but they’re set to go the distance, and that includes any future surgery, should that option be necessary.

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  3. SO glad you got favorable news from the vet!!

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    1. Thank you. We were very nervous, and it wasn’t perfect, but it was extremely promising.

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  4. I'm so happy to hear this news about Epona. I think you're right that there are so many of us emotionally invested in this little girl. Everything takes time but it does seem like she's turned the corner for the better. She's had a tough start but she seems to be handling it all in stride. Poor little thing.

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    1. One day at a time has been the theme of this whole experience. It has been a slow, but steady, recovery, and I guess that will continue to be the theme. Yesterday kind of wore her out. It’s a long haul to the vet, and she has to brave it alone now. I hate to ask it if her, but it’s necessary. She will have two weeks with no assaults to her system with travel, change, or medicine. I hope it helps her regain strength.

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  5. Just curious, did your vet recommend using Panacur for her first deworming? I usually go with Safeguard and then follow up with a stronger one in a couple of weeks, less shock to their system.
    Epona has had quite the journey! I'm so glad this check up was pretty much good news.

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    1. No, they didn’t recommend it. I chose it on my own based on a working schedule I found online. If we had made her last appointment, we were going to have them do it at the vet, but I didn’t want to wait that long since she was grinding her teeth. I should have consulted you. The vet didn’t think Panacur should have effected her like it did, but maybe it was too harsh?

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