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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Enzo says horses should have tooth fairies also!

Rough day for Enzo and I on 2/10/12. My day started with a call from the barn owner that Enzo has colic! Right when I heard this I knew why! If you have followed my past posts. Enzo is teething and having a really hard time eating lately. He eats his hay and sometimes swallows large pieces at a time. I had called my friend who works as an Equine dentist. But he was booked for now and Enzo would have to wait a while till our appointment. Our appointment was scheduled for 4pm on 2/10/12. Common Enzo you couldn't hold on one more day! I guess not. I put a call into my Equine dentist who is also a regular vet and he was just as shocked and disappointed as I was. We decided to try banamine by mouth and go from there. Over the next 3 hours. Enzo got better and better. Thank god, as a snow storm in MI was moving in and  it was not the best day to trailer a horse to the equine hospital if Enzo needed to go. Later my equine dentist/regular vet showed up. He had decided Enzo was out of the woods and that we had to get his teeth done. So Enzo could chew his food correctly again. The Dr. was positive Enzo got colic due to his teeth. Since we already knew Enzo had an under bite and not the best teeth from previous dentist visit. The dentist suspected that Enzo is having a hard time loosing his caps(baby teeth). If they don't fall off like they should. Then, the teeth below the caps cause pain in the jaw since that tooth cannot erupt. Enzo had a total of 6 caps(baby teeth) removed. 3 teeth were up front and unfortunately Enzo already had infections in his gums. Since the roots broke off higher up in the gums. The dentist had to cut the gums and dig out the roots, yuck! With all the teeth pulling, all the blood, and the digging. Enzo's MOM/ME nearly passed out!!! I felt sooo bad for poor Enzo! I had to stop watching and take a break and wait for the dizzies to pass. Unfortunately, Enzo will be loosing 24 caps(baby teeth) until he is 5 years old! If the caps cannot come off by themselves. Enzo will have to see the dentist a lot in his young life. I of course, love natural as much as possible! But, I had to use drugs. It's safer for the horse and Enzo was in too much pain for him to handle all of this. Plus, I won't post the gory pictures, or the gory video. But let me tell you! I am sure you would want drugs too with all this teeth pulling, blood, and root pulling. The equine dentist is a friend of mine and has worked on all my horses for the last 23yrs in good and in bad times. I really trust him and he would never cause harm to my horses. If this was a routine little float. Then no big deal to go natural and use NO drugs. But Enzo is a difficult case and needed lots of care and a person really had to get into his mouth. After Enzo was all done. Enzo went back to his stall to rest and wake up 100% from his drugs. I asked my vet if Enzo will be able to eat later??? My vet said, he will be fine! Really! I cannot believe this! But Enzo got hay about 8pm and ate it with glee! Crazy, what horses can handle. I also asked if Enzo needed any more pain meds? The vet said no. Really! I also asked what about antibiotics? Now that Enzo had holes in his gums and cute gums on the front jaw? The vet again told me Enzo needed nothing and just from having the teeth pulled. Enzo will feel much better. Really! It was hard for me to believe, LOL. But Enzo ate all his dinner that night. All of his breakfast the next morning and got to go out with his equine buddies for the day! I visited Enzo in the afternoon Saturday, and Enzo acted like nothing had happend and ate anything I handed to him. Again, just amazes me what horses can handle. I posted pictures below of our rough day. Enzo got paid today by the tooth fairy in small carrots!!!! And Enzo loved them all!!! I love you Enzo!!! Now please do not scare me with anymore colic. I lost my other horse way too early. I couldn't handle losing you. 
Hugs your horses, Janine, Enzo and Kaspin! 

Enzo already loaded into stocks on mobile dentist office.

Assistant putting ears muffs in Enzo ears for the noise.

Assistant still getting Enzo ready.

Enzo wearing the dental speculum.

Close up of dentist working inside Enzo's mouth.

Close up of dentist working inside Enzo's mouth.

3 of the teeth that were pulled. Horse teeth are ugly, lol.

Enzo's front teeth. Infection under gums, middle 2 teeth, on top.  Blood running from the other teeth already pulled earlier in back of mouth.


Video below is Enzo getting his float done first. Don't worry it's not gory. Just noisy.

11 comments:

  1. Poor Enzo! I am so glad he recovered from his colic and that dentist appointment! I know it is good for him, but it sure looked painful!

    Horses are so amazing! I can't believe he was able to eat! If that kind of dental work was done on me, I'd be starving for days!

    What a brave boy he is! You too for taking care of him though his rough day!

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    1. Thanks Allison!!! I think I'll sleep good again tonight. It was stressful:)

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  2. I love my equine dentist! On his last visit he was telling me that his trailer with stocks was ready to be picked up that weekend. So, the next time he has to work on the boys, he'll have a much safer environment!
    I have learned so much about equine dentistry - it is an amazing field!
    I'm so glad that Enzo is going to be OK! That had to be really scary!

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    1. Oh, I am sure you will love the trailer!!! Thanks for the nice comments!!

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  3. Poor Enzo, poor Enzo Mom. So glad he came thru the colic, I know how scary that is. Love the dentisty trailer that is so awesome.

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  4. Yikes!! I'm so glad he's okay and that the colic wasn't serious.

    It's really weird, but I just posted about Chrome's teeth today. He lost his first cap (that I can see anyway). I guess that's the cool thing about having horses the same age and blogs to share it all on. :)

    I'm still desperately trying to find a dentist for Chrome. I'm getting frustrated because it's not going well. No one will come here without a bunch of horses to do (a stable full) or they aren't taking new clients. So irritating. I hope Chrome will be okay. His new teeth look weird. I posted a picture if you want to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and video!

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    1. Yeah, I think Chrome should be fine with his baby teeth. For some reason Enzo's caps are not falling off by themselves. So that sucks. 3 of his front teeth had roots that broke off high up under his gums. So long as Chrome doesn't do any of this and he is eating fine. Then, I am sure you just need a regular float. I hope you find someone!! Love us!!

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  5. To vote for Chrome go here http://mangominster.blogspot.com/2012/02/adventure-animals-vote-now.html and just leave a comment saying you want to vote for him. :) They didn't do a poll this time, so you just have to leave a comment. Thank you!!

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