We have ulcers!
This is before she was sedated. This horse was SO MAD that she didn't get breakfast. I was in her stall with her to clean it before the vet arrived and she was trying to eat the pitchfork. I left her door open with the chest guard up for two minutes and she had Gunner's halter in her mouth. She didn't care what it was; she wanted to eat it. Poor girl!
Pretty soon, though, the vet sedated her and she went to LaLa Happy Land for an hour. Sweet dreams, Lucy!
The gastroscope, all 5,000,000 feet of it. Just kidding, but there was a lot.
Some of the ulcers we found :( Poor sweet girl, no wonder she has been a rank b*tch. The vet said this would feel like constant heartburn to her.
The computer set up on top of the gastroscoping machine. The whole kit was impressive. I understand now why just the scope by itself was $400+.
The vet prescribed three weeks of GastroGard. My bill came to $1500 exactly, but that included a Lyme test and two vaccinations (today was the second round of Spring shots for the barn). She gets one tube of GG a day and each tube is about $50. I know I could have gotten it cheaper online, but since the insurance is paying for it, a) I don't really care how much it costs and b) I felt better getting it from the vet so that I would have just one bill to forward to the insurance company.
I also got to watch another horse get his hocks injected, which I have never seen before. Very interesting and surprisingly quick. I think they spent more time disinfecting the injection sites than actually doing the injections themselves.
I am excited to see if there are any changes in her level of happiness. I gave her the first tube of GG when I was at the barn earlier and most people say you start to see a difference within a week, usually after three days. Wouldn't that be nice :) I am just glad we got to the bottom of this nonsense and that she'll be feeling better soon.
As a reward for being such a good patient, Lucy got an extra special warm mash for brunch ;) and lots and lots of treats. She'll get a good dinner, too.
I am also very happy to report that she LOVES the new hay I got her. She ate every morsel of it last night! Good girl.