Last Wednesday evening I noticed him kind of leaning his butt against the wall. He wasn't wanting to move away from the wall and his walk was unsteady. If you've been a reader for awhile, you know that I nearly lost Rio two years ago to EPM. He is on Ponazuril every day to keep him steady and happy. So of course my first concern was that he was relapsing. My second concern was what to do about it. With him already on meds daily, there aren't many more options. I hummed and hawed a few minutes about whether or not to call the vet since it was 9:30 at night or wait until morning. I finally settled on texting. I feel like it's less intrusive, and he could easily just ignore it until the morning if he was done vetting for the day. But my vet is awesome and probably loves Rio as much as I do. So of course he wrote right back.
I need to back up a tiny bit here to remind you all of a few things going on with the old man. He had vasculitis in his right hind about a month ago, and then while still on the steroids, his left hind blew up. Right hind seems to be mostly back to normal, but left hind is still swollen. He just finished a course of antibiotics and is still weaning off the steroids. Ok, back to Wednesday.
So my vet wrote back and suggested giving him some banamine to see if that offers any relief. It's safe to use with everything else he's taking. I obviously wouldn't see much change that night, but would know in the morning if he was better off or not. I agreed that was a great idea, and also asked if he could come by Friday when he was in the area. I knew it wasn't anything that couldn't wait an extra day, and the vet agreed.
The result? A happy medicated pony, who may or may not be eating too many cookies.
|Gimme more cookies. I will not hold still for this photo.|