Saturday, January 10, 2009
Trudy Has Foundered!
Well -- to top off what is amounting to one of the worst weeks of my life, now Trudy has foundered.
I have never experienced this before. She hasn't had any change in diet. She's had pretty much free access to hay all winter and she eats a couple of varieties of Equine Senior. She's pretty fat but has never had any problems in the past. A friend told me that if her feet weren't hot, then it isn't founder. Well, her feet felt normal. But she didn't want to pick up any of them, or go anywhere. She seemed very painful. I thought maybe she had fallen down on the ice or twisted something but she is not getting any better since two days ago when I noticed a problem.
Trudy is 17 this year.
Dr. Cawley came out yesterday, and sure enough, it's founder. We wrapped her feet and put her in a stall. I am soaking hay to feed her. She had a shot of banamine and is now on bute twice a day. Just overnight, her attitude has improved and she is walking a little better too. She's much more bright-eyed than yesterday and thought she should have some candy!
She is due to have x rays on Monday. Here's a pic from today.