So I got the rest of my blood results back from my vet on Monday like she said I would. I’ve taken some time to process the results before talking about them as they are both good and bad.
Everything that we tested for tested negative, including EPM. Definitively negative for EPM this time. So his levels went down from the last test we did. And considering it’s been a month since we first notice the symptoms and he hasn’t gotten worse, I’m inclined to think that this isn’t a false negative. This is also what my vet thinks.
So based on this test and how Scarlet responded to the bute, the vet thinks that it is some sort of spinal compression. Now, there could be a couple of causes of this. It could either be due to an actual pinch in the spine (ie wobblers) or it could be trauma based swelling that is compressing his spinal column.
The thing is, finding out for sure is an involved process. It would involve neck xrays and a myelogram at the minimum. And that would likely be just another elimination factor. I’d also have to bring Scarlet to the hospital in order to do those. I’m concerned about the trailer ride with Scarlet’s current balance. Trailer rides aren’t physically easy on horses in general and I’d be worry he’d hurt himself by being knocked off balance during the ride.
So for now, that is not what we are going to do. Since Scarlet did well on bute, we are going to switch him to a different anti-inflammatory for a longer time. We are putting him on Equioxx with a helping of omeprazole every few months to keep his gut happy. He seemed to be improving on the bute but I can’t say if the Equioxx will do the same as it’s been raining constantly since I’ve given it to him.
I’m still giving him light walks (when rain allows). The vet said I could increase the walks and see about adding in things to make it more interesting/complicated. Walking over a pole and then more if he does well, raising them up etc. I’ve got some stretches to do to try to ensure that he remains flexible and hopefully to help with whatever is hurting his spine.
Another thing she suggested is doing weekly acupuncture and PEMF treatments. That would be over 200$ each time. She suggested we start with three treatments and see how he responds. I talked to the husband and he isn’t against us trying it. But I’m not sure. I don’t know how much they help. I don’t know if the help they give is worth the extra money. But I also don’t know if they are the key to recovery and if I will regret not doing it. I’m going to ask the vet more questions next week regarding the treatments before making my decision. But I would appreciate anyone’s stories about how their experiences have gone.