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#21 drivin*me*buggy

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:40 PM

Minimor is right. In Daz's case they did try to pop it in and keep her in a sling, but she fought the sling and it popped back out. It is very rare they can pop them in and get it to stay. If they could that would be the best option...Her surgery is commonly done in dogs and cats and mini horses have had it done successfully. She is the biggest mini my vet has done though.


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:56 PM

Is she improving?



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:10 PM

Also interested in how your girl is doing.  I have a similar case, a mini mule, that, as a long yearling, broke her femur right at the stifle end growth plate.  It was misdiagnosed as a major tendon/ligament issue - she already had moderately severe locking stifle issues, and the initial xray didn't cover where the break was.  After five months with no real progress - I know tendon issues can take a long time to resolve - I got a second opinion.  Long story short, she immediately had surgery (late Feb 2016, included a human grade plate and four screws) and is now just past the six month mark.  The break is healed, but due to the delay, she had both bony growth and resorption in the patella and parts of the femur head, causing significant arthritis in that joint.

Now, she walks/trots/runs on it as well as she is ever going to - there's some mechanical lameness due to the damage - but she still won't put full weight on it, standing, without pain (it's a bit of a fight to clean the good rear hoof). She's on a full horse dose of Adequan, every two weeks, which seems overkill to me, and something I'm going to ask about in a different post.

I hope your little girl makes a full recovery!


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 04:03 PM

I try to check in here every few days.

She continues to make slow progress. She is bolder coming out of the barn sometimes wanting to come out before me. We have also made a little progress rasping her front feet. Her good hind I trimmed while she was laying down this time...I wanted to clean it like that this morning but she got up as soon as she saw me.

 

JMC keep me posted on your mule...how tall is she? Do you have any tips on trimming the good hind, other than getting it when she is laying down.

 

Here she is a few days ago.


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Posted 25 August 2017 - 06:12 AM

Here's a peek at Miss Daz this week. She is making some progress and we are thankful for every good day.

 


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:14 AM

She looks shiney and perky, but it's a little hard to watch her move.  Glad to hear she is making progress.  This is quite the ordeal for you also.



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 08:14 AM

It is definitely an ordeal for all of us. This week we are reducing her meds to once a day and hoping next week to remove them all together. This is day 3 of meds only in the evening. So far she is handling it well.


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 03:20 PM

She looks like she is moving better in the second video (the one with the 8/23 date). Keeping my finger crossed for continued improvement!
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:08 PM

Still improving?



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:15 AM

She is holding her own. She has some stifle soreness. It is still locked. My vet was here yesterday and we are trying some Surpass (a topical NSAID)  to see if that will offer some help and are talking to her surgeon to see about possibly further manipulating the joint. Her hip area seems to be healing well. SHe is in good spirits.


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