Welcome to the Dixie Kitten ride! It seems like we are riding a roller coaster of emotions. Dixie does well, walks around then seems to be in pain and lays down more than she is up. We have tried many things to stop her feet from abscessing and we felt we were losing the battle. We surely do not want her living in unbearable pain.
The farrier comes and does her feet regularly but she can't always hold her one foot up for more than 20 seconds. It makes is hard to trim enough in the short sessions. The farrier would trim, put her foot down and give her a break, then pick it up and trim for 20 seconds and it could go on for an hour for one foot. Last week we had the veterinarian and farrier out together.The vet gave her injections to block the pain so the farrier could be more aggressive with trimming her feet. What a difference! Dixie has improved and has been walking around much more. We had some great suggestions sent by caring people who have used different products and methods to help horses feet.
When Dixie does lay down, Volunteers like Kathy, make sure she is comfortable by cooling her off with a shower.
We are also still seeing if the Vetrixinc product could be injected and help her heal. One consideration of using it is it has been used on acute problems. What we have with Dixie has been going on along time. She came to us 11 months ago and had already foundered possibly 6 months before she even came here.
Dixie's bit of improvement gave us hope to try a few more things. We love to see her happy and if she continues to move around without intolerable pain, we will continue to do everything we can to help her.
Some new products are on their way here. Let's hope one is the miracle we have been looking for.
WE are Rescue!