Bye-bye horsey :-(

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« on: 08/10/2007 21:28:45 »
I'm sad. We had to have Comet put to sleep this evening.

When we got to the stables this morning he was still laying down. I thought straight away that something was wrong as normally he's at his door as soon as he hears us.

A few minutes after we got there he tried to stand but couldn't. His legs just buckled as he tried to push himself up. We tried coaxing him to no avail and after a while decided it was a case for the vet.

When the vet checked Comet out, he said he suspected a twisted gut. He gave us 3 options - surgery, large dose of anti-inflammatory painkiller just on the offchance it was something else, or have him put to sleep. The vet was pretty sure it was a twisted gut, though, so really the painkiller was a clutch at straws.

I have to say here that Comet has lost a lot of weight again over the last week. We had assumed that was due to us putting him on a restricted diet because of his laminitis.

By mid-afternoon Comet still hadn't managed to stand up. He'd tried a few more times, but it was obviously causing his stress that he couldn't manage it. We called the vet back & asked for his recommendation. He said that he didn't think Comet would survive surgery and that possibly even transporting him to the hospital could be too much for him.

As a last chance we got him to take a blood sample before we made a final decision. A couple of hours later the vet phoned us with some very bad news. The blood was full of toxins and the vet said that was because Comet's liver had stopped working and now his whole body was shutting down. Because of the weight loss, the vet was pretty certain that Comet had liver cancer.

There's nothing that can be done for equine liver cancer so we had to make the decision to have him put to sleep. Both Sandra & I had been reluctant to make that decision until w knew that everything possible had been done. When the vet said cancer, that made our minds up for us. We have clear consciences now because we know it was the right thing to do.

It's such a shame because he was a lovely little horse - friendly, cheeky, and great for the kids to ride. We'd already spent months getting him into condition as he'd been neglected before we got him. At least we know that his last 6 months of life were happy.
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« Reply #1 on: 08/10/2007 21:31:52 »
Oh doc, so sorry to hear that   [:(]
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« Reply #2 on: 08/10/2007 21:34:08 »

Awwhhhh - that's so sad!  [:-'(]

My heart goes out to you....

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« Reply #3 on: 08/10/2007 21:38:43 »
*sniffle* poor horsey

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« Reply #4 on: 08/10/2007 21:41:49 »
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« Reply #5 on: 08/10/2007 21:44:35 »
Oh Doc.  I'm so sorry.  I know it must've been a difficult decision.
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« Reply #6 on: 08/10/2007 21:44:55 »
 [:-'(] [:-'(] [:-'(]

he's gorgeous....... poor horsey..... and poor Doc Beaver and family Beaver

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« Reply #7 on: 08/10/2007 22:00:22 »
So now we've got to find a new friend for Tango

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« Reply #8 on: 08/10/2007 22:13:43 »
SO SORRY! Oh Doc I am very sorry !

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« Reply #9 on: 08/10/2007 22:24:22 »
Oh my !!

I am soooooooooooo sorry ....but hope you can derive some consolation in knowing that we are all thinking about ewe......I am sure he was such a happy horse to have you as his friends...........and family !

hugs the Eth !

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« Reply #10 on: 09/10/2007 00:22:57 »
aww :( that's sad..he was a purdy poney/horsey

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« Reply #11 on: 09/10/2007 04:47:43 »
Oh, so sorry Doc, his spirit will carry on! 
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« Reply #12 on: 09/10/2007 05:03:54 »
It is a sad time, but you know that you gave him all you could.  No doubt the kids will be sad to hear the news.

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« Reply #13 on: 10/10/2007 16:29:34 »
It is a terrible thing to go through - I had a dog who got a poisoned anti-freeze "treat" from a very horrible neighbor.

Putting her down was about as hard as it gets. I know how you feel and you have my deepest sympathies.
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« Reply #14 on: 10/10/2007 16:54:16 »
Thanks, everyone.

Went to have a look at a lovely black horse today. He'd make a good companion for Tango. We're thinking about it.
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« Reply #15 on: 18/10/2007 14:37:55 »


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« Reply #16 on: 18/10/2007 16:57:57 »
We're not getting the black 1. He's not been trained at all yet and, to be honest, we don't really have the time to devote to doing it.
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« Reply #17 on: 18/10/2007 17:08:28 »
So you are looking for a companion who will already be trained... That makes sense to find your time for both horses! and The family and work!
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« Reply #18 on: 18/10/2007 19:09:16 »
We've got too many other things taking up our time
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« Reply #19 on: 18/10/2007 19:34:04 »
Well just with your studies and works on autism alone seems like a very demanding daunting job!

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« Reply #20 on: 18/10/2007 19:35:03 »
I recall you work also and take care of a home the stables and the other horse. Sounds like a big job!

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« Reply #21 on: 18/10/2007 19:37:41 »
I'm on a long-term break from working at the moment. Well, long-term break from having a job. I'm doing my own work.
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« Reply #22 on: 18/10/2007 19:45:16 »
Good for you! I hope it all works out for you! I don't know how you do it! Disability stinks.. at least for me..I am not ASSUMING you are disabled, just stating I am... LOL Good luck with your work!

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« Reply #23 on: 18/10/2007 19:51:42 »
I'm not disabled, just debilitated. I'm fine most of the time but it only takes a silly cold to knock me for 6.
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« Reply #24 on: 18/10/2007 20:01:33 »
Yes me too. I seem to get infections really easy. Working at the preschool I was always getting sick!..It is debilitating when your immune system is not strong enough to handle the little stuff!

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« Reply #25 on: 18/10/2007 20:07:21 »
With me it's my lungs. They only work at about 35% efficiency at the best of times. That's why colds and things like that really do me in. Plus, I'm forever forgetting to re-order my inhalers. I've run out again now & have to wait til Monday for replacements.
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« Reply #26 on: 18/10/2007 20:15:52 »
 My heart, and lungs.. I get bronchitis real bad sometimes and having tons of other issues ..

Have to go.. be back soon.. hope your evening is good!

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