My history in veterinary medicine is slowly dwindling to the distant past (which still doesn't negate the random and occasional "what do I do" texts) (prepare for those to haunt you for the rest of your life). Even so, I can recall with eye-rolling enthusiasm the distaste we had for people who came in with a sick and/or injured pet and told us they'd read some-such on the internet. The internet cannot perform an exam and therefore can neither diagnose nor prescribe medications. Suck it.
While I still cringe every time I see some stupid what-do-I-do post on OTTB Connect, I still want as much knowledge as possible. Fortunately, the best response for those people is the same response I've given myself and my vet is due out Friday. Until then, though, I've been joyfully googling myself into a tizzy. Because my raison d'etre lately seems to be insanity.
And I'm worried that Archie has developed either Recurrent Airway Obstruction or Summer Pasture-Associated Recurrent Airway Obstruction. Because he coughs. A lot, lately. And he had a runny nose the other day. The solution for one is to spend more time in the pasture. The solution for the other is to spend less.
Since he was about fifteen, Archie's had a "warm up" cough - the sort that lasts for a few seconds and doesn't linger and after our first lap of trot, is never seen again. I addressed it with my vet and he said no biggie. Once he was sound enough for trot work after losing his shoes, he started coughing intermittently and repeatedly, to the point that we haven't done any consistent "hard" work. Lots of walking, spurts of trotting, and canter one time when he was naughty. Walking doesn't induce coughing.
I've thought of various things - the heat, the humidity, his age, my relationship with gravity, the tightness of the girth. And his new stall.
|We're learning to smile.|
But, fortunately, my old man is still perfectly content and happy to march me around on the buckle at the walk.