This week, it took a bit longer to make contact with the vet than I had anticipated as it sounds likes she's had some personal things going on that had her in & out of the office, but Hero's making gains in the weight department & his sheath is back to normal with only slight stocking up in his hind legs. I did finally hear from her today after calling again. She doesn't believe we need to pursue having blood work done quite yet. She believes the inflammation could be a factor coming from his body ridding itself of parasites after deworming, essentially going through a bit of a detox. She also mentioned that it's taken his body a bit of time to level out as he's made the change to a new place, training, deworming, dental, etc. & things are finding equilibrium. She specifically mentioned his albumen levels, which I'm going to research a bit more. She recommended giving him a bit of bute to help with any discomfort & to see if it helps the stocking up in his legs. If not, she said we could try 'sweating' his legs. I'll give the bute a try first. She said we could pull blood if you'd like to, but didn't think it was necessary right now. During our groundwork this week, I did ask Hero to give me a bit more energy to see where it was compared to the past few weeks. He seems to have the energy to give. With the warmer weather, we got to practice being hosed off again, too. Since he had worked up a sweat, he appreciated it a bit more this time. Since I hadn't heard from the vet as early as expected, I held off on the surcingle & saddle, but that is at the top of next week's agenda.
Next week, we'll get back on our typical groundwork progression with his first saddle while still continuing to monitor him physically.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.