Okay, so I’m at a loss for what to do. I have a 26 year old Dutch Warmblood who was recently diagnosed with EOTRH. He could not get his teeth done this year because he was in so much pain (despite having been on gabapentin and bute for five days prior to appointment). The vet suggested having his teeth pulled.
HOWEVER, aside from cost, there are a few issues I’m worried about. He is, of course, 26 years old. He also has a heart murmur which is Grade 2 (was Grade 4 when he was underweight a few years ago - no diagnosis on that beyond what the vet can hear so chances are it’s benign). Also, there is a good chance he has Cushings or is on the verge (I’ve spoken to the vet and he’s on a Cushings diet but I’m not able or willing to test and treat him at his age and his relative health).
Aside from the mentioned issues, he’s doing well. He’s eating just fine - we soak his food to make it easier for him. There’s not an arthritic bone in his body and he runs circles around the younger horses (and looks good doing it). But I’m concerned because the vet said he is probably in near constant, intense pain and I don’t want to extend that until it’s unbearable. I wish I could afford the $1500 without an issue, but both my husband and myself are in graduate school and won’t be in a financial position to do the surgery for at least a year, if that.
Now, the cost alone is extreme plus the stress of taking him to the office for the procedure, and given his other health issues I’m not certain what to do. If anyone has dealt with something similar or has any advice, I’d love to hear it. He was adopted two years ago as a babysitter for my TB and none of these issues were disclosed to me or I probably wouldn’t have agreed to take him on knowing my limited financial situation in regards to expensive procedures.