horses were their usual patient selves throughout, which because we weren’t focused on keeping them in line, allowed for side-talk. Hrimmi nearly fell asleep in the yard even before she got her anesthetic. Dr. Kaiser said that she was a featherweight, meaning that she didn’t need much sedation at all. The same was true of Tinni, who allowed us to poke repeatedly at his eyelid.
I got a front row view of the inside of Hrimmi’s mouth when Dr. Kaiser was floating her teeth. The attached photo shows what I saw.
Dr. Kaiser decided to wait on doing an eyelid tuck on Tinni until the swelling goes down – in the meantime, we are going to give him eye ointment three times a day. He’ll have the surgery in two weeks.
None of the horses minded the blood draws. And Stormy bounced around happily as it was determined that she needs to get some mineral supplements.
I was pleased with all this, and also pleased with the fact that Dr. Kaiser showed me how he does a physical – going from front to back on the left side, then going from back to right on the right side. And I now know how to auscultate the lungs, which was something that I did not know previously.
Embarrassing – I had never before distinguish between the terms pulse and heart rate. I now know where to take both.
He also was kind enough to give us an address and containers, so that we can get the results of fecal samples directly. We are going to get all the horses tested for parasites.
After, Pete and I took Tinni and Raudi for rides on what was a warm, sunny late afternoon. Next week, Josh comes and puts shoes on Raudi. The visit will be equally informative. I am hoping that Raudi’s slow going is due to the fact that her feet are tender.
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