Things We Missed

Since my lack of blog entries there are a few cool things from work that I wanted to share.

Even foals get their casts signed around here!

This is a foal with a juvenile ossifying fibroma….a tumour on its bottom jaw.  It has been growing since the foal was born and getting bigger.  It will be removed at surgery…pretty cool.

We watched as this cheeky thing managed to get his nose through and grab a hold of the handle latch on his box….little mastermind at work.

I got to snuggle some kittens for a bit of a change of pace.  They are pretty wild and one hissed the whole time, anyone want a free kitten?

This is a photo (a graphic one!) of a post mortem of a poor foal I had to put down from a disease called rattles.  It is a severe lung infection in young foals.  There is essentially no healthy lung tissue here and all the lumps are large abscesses.  

I also got to cuddle a goat!  This goat, Peaches, is a companion for the orphan foals.  She likes to escape from her yard a lot and wander around to say hello!

This is what a vet ambulance looks like.  This poor foal had some head trauma (notice the staples) and needed a bit of assistance to get to the hospital box.  

I can hardly believe the busy season is starting to wind down.  It went so quickly! I am waiting on three more mares to foal out of 450!  The Moet is already chilling 🙂




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I am a horse vet writing about life, food and my quest for health.
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4 Responses to Things We Missed

  1. Liz says:

    I love Peaches and the job that she has!! Nice hat by the way 🙂 Can’t believe you only have three left out of 450 . . you seriously have the best job ever!

  2. dani…is rattles a genetic condition?…too bizarre!! did the foal, with the tumour on it’s jaw, nurse ?? the pics ..verra innerestin

    • Hi Wend, As far as research knows, rattles is not genetic, it is an environmental pathogen that infects foals as early as 3 days of age. It is endemic in this area and is a real problem!
      The foal nursed ok with the lump surprisingly. It is was not removed it would have kept growing until it became a problem.

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