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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paj has Ulcers

It's been a stressful week.  Paj, who normally is the first to finish his food, became the last.  And then he wasn't even finishing.  My poor long-suffering vet came out twice, once on his day off.  He recommended we put Paj in the clinic for a day or two for observation and tests.  Yesterday they "scoped" him.  With a fiberoptic endoscope, they were able to see ulcers where the esophagus meets the stomach.  Poor baby!  The good news is that it's easily treated with medication.  Paj is home and doing pretty well, although a bit tired and subdued.  I'm a bit tired and subdued too.  We love our horses and want them to thrive.  Or to quote Spock again, we want them to live long and prosper.

15 comments:

Funder said...

Awww, poor Paj. :( Are you doing a course of Gastroguard?

Sharon said...

Poor Paj, I hope the medicine heals the ulcers quickly! You sound like you could use a nice cup of tea.

Terry said...

Thanks, Sharon, but I need something a bit stronger than tea.
Funder, yes, he's on Gastrogard (Omeprazole).

Lori Skoog said...

Hopefully Paj will be back to normal soon.

Tracey said...

Give hom a kiss & a nuzzle from me! xxx

Mare said...

Poor Paj!...give him a big hug for me (a big hug for you too!) :)

Kate said...

Ulcers are so common - it's great that you got it figured out. I've got one horse that I keep on U-Gard pellets as she's prone to ulcers - works like a charm. Hope he feels better soon!

Janet said...

Sounds like a great vet - Im sure he is already on the mend x

Flartus said...

What would cause ulcers? Something to do with his dietary allergies? Or maybe it was all the stress from the roofing drama! ;)

Louise said...

I hope he's easy to paste. Sorry his tummy hurts. The Gastrogard will fix him up, for sure. I'm off to check out U-Gard pellets, because I didn't know that such a thing existed, and know a horse that they might benefit.

sophie...^5 said...

Fingers crossed for Paj...nothing worse than your 4 legged friends being under the weather and not be able to tell you the problem. Take care

Dom said...

Fingers crossed for Paj <3

Louise said...

I wanted to add that there's an interesting discussion on the Chronicle of the Horse (COTH) forums about Gastrogard. I will admit that a lot of it flew right over the top of my head, but it gave me a lot to think about, also. Some of the information might be useful for you, after Paj is done with his treatment.
http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=289769

Texan said...

ewww uclers not good.. Hope Paj feels better quickly!

I say you need a glass of Merlot or two! :O). That will do wonders for you and a good long soak in a hot, hot bath!! Take the bottle with you LOL...

Dreaming said...

I'm glad the ulcers are easily treatable with meds. What causes ulcers in horses?