Novel incoming, but this horses (to me) is a miracle!
They say a cat has 9 lives….well Sullivan (12 year old Hanoverian) is on about life number 6! I got him as an unbroke 3 year old, and when he was 4 he had his first life….severed extensor tendon! A month at the vets, he also had a bone sequestron that needed to be removed, along with a big chunk of hind leg! He healed in incredibly well, and I was back on him 5 months later with no obvious signs of such a bad injury except for a scar!
When he turned 6 the colicing started! First colic, the dreaded “his intestine has flipped onto his spleen”…we managed to get away with a few days at the vets and they gave medications which shrunk thinks back and avoided colic surgery……life number 2!
A few months later…colic twice so we scoped….sigh ulcers! Ulcers in both parts of his stomach along with ulcers at the pyloric spyhincter! What followed was a year and a half of scoping monthly, ulcerguard and many other medications, each time hoping the ulcers would clear up! To look at him, you’d have no idea he was suffering, except for the colic…and yet at every scope, there were those awful, incidious things! After a year and half of treatment we were on our last hope….Sulfa antibiotics as a last resort! Voila, for some reason the pyloric ulcers started clearing up and after 3 months he was discharged….life number 3
Fast forward nearly 5 years….we’ve been happily showing and he’s living permanently on omeprazole with no more colic…he’s now 12! BAM the day I go in for my surgery (March 16 2021) he colics….sigh….ulcers are back and his pyloric spyhincter is almost closed! So sulfracate is now added 3 times a day and we try again……life number 4
Doing well, Sullivan is back to normal, ….4 months later the dreaded call “Sullivan is colicing “…vet comes out and FOUR buckets of stomach reflux is drained, he’s shipped off to the vet and I say “my goodbye “….I figure his stomach can no longer drain and this is “the end”. So they scope and I get a call “it’s not his ulcers, they look better than ever! There’s now a polyp and it’s flopping over the pyloric sphincter “. Home he comes while they attempt to locate a cauterizing unit and we hope he doesn’t colic again….life number 5
1.5 months later they still haven’t got the equipment but he went back today for a rescope so a decision can be made for his future! I’m thinking he’s not coming home when I get the call “you’re not going to believe this but the polyps has shrunk, we no longer need to do surgery” WTH? How or why they have no idea….they’re thinking maybe it was caused by parasites (we had to deworm for a month after they found it)….but the vets are stumped! We will do follow up scopes every 6 months to monitor but everything is looking good! Oh and he will live on sulfracate……life number SIX! I am beyond happy, shocked, amazed……I needed to write it all down LOL