Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Doxy Report

What a difference a new syringe makes! The morning dosing of doxycycline was very difficult because I had no time yesterday to pick up a couple of new syringes. I only got half the meds into my little horse because the plunger kept sticking. Siete holds her mouth tightly shut for the first couple of minutes while she twists and shakes her head, saying “No! No! No, Mommy!” Then, without warning, she opens her mouth wide and lets me get the syringe into it deep enough that she can’t shut it, and I quickly squirt away. We take a little break, wipe off all the goo that went flying, and then finish off the second syringe in much the same way. And Siete drinks half a bucket of water.

I did get some horse kisses tonight after we were done. I’m going to try LJB’s suggestion of pills and cinnamon tomorrow and I’m hoping and praying that it is the magic formula.

10 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Well the horsey kisses make it all worthwhile. I'm sure she knows you're trying to help.

Janet Roper said...

Horse kisses are the best!
Harmony,
Janet

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's encouraging that she does eventually open her mouth. She just has to make up her mind that she wants to cooperate. I still have to jam my thumb into the corner of my 20-year-old mare's mouth for about five minutes before she'll stop clamping down. She never actually agrees to having the syringe in her mouth, but just tires from all that puckering.

Gecko said...

It's good to hear you finally have something you can do instead of having to sit on your hands waiting for the vet, I know how frustrating that can be!
And I agree with GHM, I'm sure she knows it's for the best, but just think when we go to the doctors and he can explain it to us, we still freak out. Imagine not knowing what you were taking or what it was going to do to you?

Netherfieldmom said...

Try dipping the syringe in apple sauce--it helped a lot when I was worming...hope she is better soon!

Callie said...

Good luck with all of that. I had PCN to give a filly and I crushed the pills in her grain and added molasses, just a dollip and corn oil and she would eat it. No hay until she ate her grain.

billie said...

Hoping the cinnamon helped and the process is getting easier.

Jo said...

I hope she's feeling better soon, giving medications to horses can be a nightmare

Pam said...

You've been through a worrying time with that dear horse of yours, and I guess she cooperates eventually because she knows your kind intentions.Your posts reveal a very kind and patient person Victoria and you deserve everyone of those horsey kisses.Good luck with future treatments.

Esther Garvi said...

Hey Victoria, I finally responded to your tag! You'll find it at:

http://esthergarvi.com/2008/08/26/tagged-for-the-3rd-time/