This week's blog hop from Beka is: Costly
What has been your horse's most expensive injury to date? Let's exclude maintenance things, like hock injections and the magical monthly package of MSM. What single episode blew your savings or left you boiling ramen? If you want to get technical about it, time is money, too.
I have been very, very fortunate so far and I really hope this doesn't jinx it lol. Here is Chrome's highest vet bill and fortunately it didn't blow my savings or leave me eating ramen.
I blanked out names and payment methods.
His hock puncture wound was close to this expensive since he had to be on antibiotics for three weeks, but this one still beat it by a little. This is when they got into the horse feed that I didn't realize was in the barn. We tubed him to be on the safe side, but he was fine and showed no adverse reaction to the feed thank goodness!! Purina said that the Enrich 32 was unlikely to hurt him because it has no carbs or starch in it. It's just protein, vitamins and minerals that were flushed out of his system. They said it would take feeding large doses over a long period of time before it would hurt him. I still don't regret being cautious though. Founder is not something I'm willing to play around with.
Amazingly having him gelded was cheaper than this too. He has been to the vet for two respiratory infections (when he was under a year old), was kicked in the jaw by Galaxy (actually the second respiratory infection was at the same time as this and he had sores in his mouth from hay seeds), the tubing, the gelding and when he punctured his hock. His maintenance things like dentals, hoof care, feed, his dang sweet itch (I thought it was rain rot when it first appeared), vaccines, deworming, etc. costs more than injuries thank goodness!! I hope he keeps it that way!
Oh and he had an abscess but my farrier didn't charge me for that because she's a friend, so it didn't cost anything more than the diapers, vet wrap, medicine and time (and heartache seeing him in pain). There have been other injuries like when he cut his throat and bouts of rain rot, but he didn't go to the vet for those. You can read all about his health related posts under the health tag here.
Here are some pictures since I don't like posting without them. You can follow the links above for more pictures and info.
Getting his teeth floated. He got his wolf teeth pulled too.
Treating his sweet itch.
Click to enlarge. The difference neem oil makes in his sweet itch.
His abscess. :(
His punctured hock that he never acted like hurt at all.
If I remember right the vet opened it a little to check it.
His swelling from his cut throat.
Getting knocked out for his gelding.
There are a LOT of pictures in that post so check it out if you aren't squeamish hehe.
So that was an interesting topic that makes me appreciate what I have and makes me grateful that things weren't worse (or even as bad as I imagined at the time... I tend to panic lol). Thanks for the blog hop Beka!