PLEASE HELP US WITH MAMA'S PYTHIOSIS TREATMENT
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Today we got a dignosis that has left us reeling. 3 weeks ago, Mama, our beautiful black beauty, saved from slaughter 2 years ago, burst a small and rather insignificant abcess out of her front right coronary band. I treated it with icthamol, bandaged ...
Today we got a dignosis that has left us reeling. 3 weeks ago, Mama, our beautiful black beauty, saved from slaughter 2 years ago, burst a small and rather insignificant abcess out of her front right coronary band. I treated it with icthamol, bandaged the hoof as I normally would for abcesses (which we have had several this summer in our other horses due to the massive amount of rain/standing water we have had) within a few days, the abcess suddenly looked angry and so I stopped the bandaging and switched to alcohol/vet heal solution treament to dry it up. The next week and a half it was looking a little better each day, but it was obvious that Mama was biting at it, so I called our farrier to come take a look and see what she thought. She thought the same as me that it was most likely just an abcess with more punch than we first thought and so I put Mama on a course of SMZ's for 5 days to help her fight off the infection........Last night I just had a feeling this was no longer something we could deal with through regular channels and so our vet came out this evening to see Mama. The dignosis was crushing. Mama has Pythiosis otherwise known as "leeches" :( Our vet thinks that she did infact start out bursting a small abcess, but somehow micro-organisms invaded that small wound and are now attacking her hoof/leg at the coronary band.....surgery is NOT an option due to the location, the coronary band would have to be removed in part and as we all know "no hoof, no horse", leaving it alone will mean it will grow rapidly, creating an ugly, open, weeping mass that will itch like crazy, attract flies and eventually mean putting her to sleep. Our ONLY option for treatment of this is an immunetherapy, a series of shots that fight this awful condition. It has an 85% success rate and would give Mama a fighting chance at beating it. BUT, each vial of the treatment is $250 and the vet said we are likely to need 2-3 vials and weekly shots to work. The ONLY good thing is that we caught it early in it's development so treatment could be started in 2-3 days if the drug is ordered now. WE NEED YOUR HELP......This week we had to spend $700 extra out of our own pocket (we already pay for 75% of our costs out of pocket montly) to get Beau and Rosebud to GA and so this has just hit us hard. Mama is not lame, she is normal in every other way right now apart from the mass forming on her hoof, She is Reb's best friend too, this is an awful diagnosis, but maybe with your help and if we all pray hard, Mama can fully recover and enjoy the rest of her retirement. Please help if you can xx
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