Well, during the first days of March, I was very pleased to see Kola coming out of Winter not nearly as fat as she was last Spring. Slightly overweight, but not bursting at the seams. She looked good and then what seemed to be overnight, she blew out in a bunch of extra long hair and her face looked odd, but I could not put my finger on it. She was still eating & drinking normally and acting her goofy self, but she doesn't look quite right. Pretty soon, like this past week, I noticed some muscle wasting in her neck and rear. Last week a pot belly and a sway back stance. I wormed them both last week and switched up my wormer in case of resistance. Tomorrow the Vet, Doc Terry will come out and I warned her. I'm pretty sure Kola has graduated from Equine Metabolic Syndrome to Cushings. I will not do the High Dose Steroid Test with subsequent lab draws, because I do not wish to bring on a laminetic episode, my luck she'd founder. Needless to say I will get a diagnosis soon and I will put money on Cushings. I have no doubt my Vet will agree.
After doing some reading on the symptoms, I finally figured out what was wrong with Kola's face. She has the classic fat deposits above her eyes. They look puffy. There is a drug I'm interested in for her, should the Vet agree with me and it is called Cyproheptadine. It is a 70% to 80% effective treatment of Cushings in Equines. And from what I've read, you dose it and up the dose until symptoms begin to subside. Comes in a crushable pill form.
And can someone Please tell me what the hell are these birds? Are they a Partridge? They were huge and quite aggravated with me as I brought the car to a stop to photograph them.
I did say there was good news didn't I. The good news is that I managed to survive cleaning the lean-to, although the paddock and pen are nasty deep muddy poo. That will get scraped after it dries a bit here. Also Stephen bought me a new camera for my Birthday. It's a Sony Cybershot, the latest one. Very nice camera. I'm still playing with it of course and I have a lot to learn about it yet.