Good, busy weekend... cleaning goat and horse pens, trimming goat feet, cleaning house and going to The Rio for margs and Mexican food. Only to come home, check the horses and find Rosso is choking.
He had some wad of food stuff stuck somewhere in his throat so nothing could go down... lots of saliva and other food particles coming out his nostrils. And Rosso is The Anti-Stoic. Poor sensitive soul. His head was hanging low and he looked miserable.
We took him to our vet 4 doors down, she worked on him for a couple hours. She sticks a long tube down his throat to locate the jam... pumps water and some mineral oil in trying to dislodge... the wad of food was right at the entrance of his stomach. She dislodged it and due to the nature of it, she started him on penicillin and genomycin (sp?). There is a risk he aspirated some spit or feed into his lungs and could get pneumonia.
Fingers crossed there is no aspiration pneumonia!
I'm giving him penicillin shots IM (intramuscular) 2x a day and monitoring his temperature. I really don't like the IM shots and especially with penicillin and pulling back the plunger to make sure I didn't hit a vein or capillary... and procaine reaction risk and ... and.... and.....
My vet showed me the areas on his rump to give them. I rotate the shots, right side of the neck, left side of the neck, left butt cheek, right butt cheek. Round and round we go!
I've never given butt shots before. It makes me more than a little nervous I could get kicked, not that Rosso is mean and would kick me on purpose, but YOU try having a 1" needle jammed into your ass! It might make you react before you have a chance to think about it too.
So far Rosso's been a good boy and while his eyes get big, his head comes up like, "What in THE....!" He jumps to the side away from me and there is no kicking. Good boy!
I'm memorizing tests for my show this weekend... gaaaaaaaa! I'm doing Second Level, tests 1-4. Tests 1 & 2 on Sat, tests 3 & 4 on Sun. Similar movements all occurring in different spots. They begin to meld into one giant test.... circle where? Canter who? What is my name? Who are you? Why am I in Wyoming?
I'll let you know when my panic level reaches defcon 5. I think right now it's hovering between 3 and 4.
Rosso ate part of Sera's mane near the withers...it is 2" long and stands straight up. She will look like Alfalfa from the Little Rascals during our tests.