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  1. Aural Plaques And Xxterra

    If you want a really good way to make a horse head shy, use Xterra in the ears. Aural plaques are viral papillomas and are completely benign, although can become painful and certainly not very cosmetic. Xxterra, in my experience is PAINFUL during treatment and having used it for sarcoids, the cosmetic appearance can be lacking. There's a lot of discussion about using Aldara cream for both sarcoids and aural plaques. Still get inflammation, but better results. If you need to go a cheaper route, sedated debridement and topical wart preparations may be the better choice.
  2. Need Colostrum, Any Ideas Where To Get It From?

    In your neck of the woods (provided that Louisiana is correct), contact Hagyard's Google Mare Colostrum banks for other sources. Whatever you do, do NOT rely on commercial "colostrum gel" products if at all possible. They are bovine in origin and while they will provide immunoglobulin, they are not disease specific or particularly protective in the least. If in a pinch with no colostrum available, plasma transfusion (available commercially, frozen) is your next best bet. Oral Seramune is another option, but the amount of immunoglobulin provided is quite small. Nice as a "top off", but shouldn't be a primary source.
  3. Polyps In Cat Ear Canal *3/15 Surgery Update*

    I missed the 14 year old part....I personally wouldn't put a 14-year old through a TECA-BO. *MAJOR* surgery.
  4. Polyps In Cat Ear Canal *3/15 Surgery Update*

    Polyps are pretty common. Unfortunately, "debulking" them in the external canal is not curative, as they typically originate deep in the middle ear. Debulking will help with the recurring ear infections that happen as a result of their presence, but they will regrow until the "source" is eliminated. That typically involves a much, much more significant surgical procedure called a TECA-BO (total Ear canal Ablasion and Bulla Osteotomy).
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  6. Can Someone Identify This? Sarcoid Possibly?

    Oz, Compared to things like cisplatin, extremely inexpensive. Initial biopsy to confirm diagnosis (obviously, you don't want to be doing this if its something other than a sarcoid), standing sedation, surgeon time, a bit of liquid nitrogen.....
  7. Long Time, No Post!

    Howdy all! Its been forever and a day since I've been on HC and just figured I'd drop by to say Hello! I know a lot of you are on Facebook and have followed some of the sagas! For those interested, our farm Facebook is Wild Side Arabians. Updates from my horsie world....We're at 4 2/3 horses currently. :) Antham, the stallion (Wolf's daddy), Baskette who is now retired, Bunny and Burlesque. Wolf was gelded and has been sold to a great lady who lives about an hour and a half north of us; he is currently starting his endurance career and is completely, utterly spoiled. Burlesque is now a 3-year old and growing like a weed. Baskette is just living day to day. We had a bad episode right at Christmas where we almost lost her. She has really severe carpal arthritis. She got down overnight and couldn't get up. Was down for several hours. Thankfully with a bit of Banamine we were able to get her back up and she's been fine since. We know we're on borrowed time with her, so we just take what we get. Antham is back to the life of ease. We had an absolutely epic trip to Las Vegas last April where we showed against the top in the breed. Utterly awesome experience for all of us! He and Bunny are expecting their first foal in early May! We're just waiting..... Just pictures' sake, here ya go: Antham: Bunny (as a 3-year old) And for fun, a Watercolor I had commissioned of Ant & Bunny
  8. Can Someone Identify This? Sarcoid Possibly?

    Been forever and a day since I've posted on HC..... Latest treatment for sarcoids is essentially what's called an autologous "vaccine". The mass is confirmed as a sarcoid with needle aspirate or biopsy first and foremost. The mass is then surgically debulked as much as possible. The mass itself is then cut into small pieces and then flash frozen in liquid nitrogen. The mass chunks, once thawed, are then implanted surgically in the neck under the mane. Since sarcoids are viral in nature, it essentially works the same as an injected vaccination. The body reacts against the foreign viral DNA, and the sarcoid is attacked by the immune system. I've personally done it a couple times and its worked brilliantly.
  9. Part 2 Of The Snot Nosed Beast

    I personally would get to a specialty referral clinic or A&M. Once there's been a choke episode, the risk of recurring episodes due to esophageal stricture is certainly there.
  10. Part 2 Of The Snot Nosed Beast

    Have you ever had skull radiographs taken?
  11. Part 2 Of The Snot Nosed Beast

    I hate to burst your bubble, but what you describe after the nasogastric tube is not particularly uncommon in a sedated horse. The tranq relaxes the animal, the nasogastric tube passes through the cardiac sphincter of the stomach and dilates it. Due to the sedatives, typically a hanging head, gravity, often times overfilling of the stomach with fluid, and coughing from irritation of the tube fluid refluxes back out. A normal, non-sedated horse has substantial "tone" to this one-way valve in the stomach, and thus prevents vomiting.
  12. Skin Grafts And Horses

    That looks to be a reasonably healthy granulation bed. Pinch grafting is probably the easiest to do especially in a field situation, unless you want to refer for an actual partial thickness graft. With pinch grafting, punch biopsy samples are taken usually off the belly, stab incisions made into the granulation bed and the punch samples literally plugged into the granulation bed. Everything is bandaged up and from there its the hope and prayer that the grafts take. If even 50% fail, you still are that much further ahead in the healing process.
  13. Popping Noise When Walking...

    Synovial (joint) fluid being compressed within the joint. Just like us popping our knuckles. As long as there is no lameness, no cause for concern.
  14. Swollen ****** With No Pain

    In every case of paraphimosis where direct trauma was not identified (think stallion getting kicked by a mare for example) that I've seen, emaciation and malnutrition were the most evident cause. Unfortunately, one of the most common presentations I've seen is the horse that's blanketed over the winter, so the owner doesn't notice dropping body condition. They drop to urinate, are so debilitated that the retractor muscles are weakened, the p.e.n.i.s cannot be drawn back up, and gravity happens. Urinary obstruction and beans have no correlation.
  15. Swollen ****** With No Pain

    Didn't see this until today (on call all weekend and worked my butt off....) Hoping the OP was able to get immediate care. This presentation is a true medical emergency, and Heidi is completely correct in her assessment and response.