Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mira's Eye Update: 4

Well, the vet came and checked her on Wednesday. He says everything looks very good, except that he thinks there might be a little pus in the anterior chamber of the eye. That is not a good thing, and if it hasn't cleared up in a week then we'll have to switch to a much more agressive antibiotic, the one that costs about 5x as much. Yippee. I am really hoping and praying that whatever is in there will disappear by then! He did say though, that the cornea is not taking the stain any more, which means that it has closed up and is busy healing. And her eye is obviously MUCH more comfortable than it was.

I let the horses together again since it started raining and they both needed the shelter. I was kind of worried about Andolu chasing her, so I'm doing my best to keep a constant supply of hay around for them to chew on and stay busy. So far he hasn't been too much of a pill. She has, though! The rain switched to snow last night, and at the midnight meds/feeding time she decided she did not want to be caught and dosed. I guess she's tired of all the fuss. Anyway, she's been a brat every time, but I'm still making sure she gets her meds. Maybe she just doesn't like snow. Right now I don't like it, either! Not the most fun thing to deal with in the middle of the night. And it's snowing again, on top of the 6+ inches we already got. Oh well.

They both like the 6x a day feeding schedule, though, which is twice as many times as usual... I am giving them both the beet pulp/Equine Sr. mix, soaked in hot water, every time I go out. I still crack up at how much horses LOVE hot food. :-D I am trying to be careful not to overfeed them, but with all the hay they're eating to keep busy, both of them have gotten noticeably rounder in the last week. I guess at least that way they stay warmer when they do dumb things like stand out in the rain!

MiKael, I will try to get a picture of her eating off the chair soon. I have several pictures of her eye, as well as pictures of Andolu, that I will get organized as soon as I have the time. They are both mudballs, of course, but at least it'll be new photos!



Rising Rainbow said...

The reason she is being a pill is every time you dose her it tastes bad. I don't know what you're doing for antibiotics, maybe SMZ's if it's those you can soften them in warm water and then add molasses and sweeten them up. Most horse actually don't mind them that way at all.

Otherwise if you will mix it up and dose her sometimes with applesauce (and no drugs) she won't know what to expect and will try hoping it will taste good.

L said...

Fortunately she isn't on oral antibiotics, 'cause then I'd be worrying about colic too. Her antibiotics are administered through the eyelid tube, right to the eye. I think she just doesn't like it when it's cold, and I can't really blame her... It's just not fun having to chase a horse around the pasture!