*TRIGGER WARNING* Symptoms and biopsies

I have to start off by yet again warning for triggering photos. I decided to share the whole experience from the veterinary visit yesterday. I will say straight out that the symptoms have gotten worse, and it’s not looking good. His swelling is almost gone and there wasn’t as much infection, but the white spots have grown larger, and the discoloration has gotten worse.  

The first thing that happened yesterday what that Baldur got his shoes trimmed. And to prepare for winter, he got studded shoes! His toe has come a little too far forward for my liking, so I asked the farrier to work on shortening his toe to give him more balance in the hoof. So it’s a process!

Instead of writing a long post and showing the pictures later, I thought I’d show pictures and then write the story behind the photos. Here we go.

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New shoes are on, and his hooves are looking pretty okay.

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The veterinary giving him a dose to relax and let him drop his manhood. I am so glad our vet is female! Baldur doesn’t easily trust men, so it’s good to have Hege(the veterinary).

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Wrapping his tail to keep it out of the way for Hege and when taking the biopsies.

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Baldur getting sleepier and sleepier by the minute!

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She starts off by doing a thorough clean. He wasn’t as dirty and infected as last time, but sadly, the symptoms are worsening.

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Going over with alcohol to clean up as much as possible for the biopsies.

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Baldur got some local anesthesia so that the whole experience would be as pain free as possible. I can’t imagine how much it would hurt without it! And of course, I got the pleasure of holding his manhood down to make the job easier for Hege.

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She used pointed tweezers to grab one of the white spots and clipped it off using scissors, delicate!

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The hole that remained after she removed one of the white spots. It wasn’t necessary to get stitches as the whole wasn’t too big.

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More local anesthesia! This time on the discolored and almost elephant-skin-like part of his foreskin. Also one of the concerns. You can’t see it so good in the photo, but the color was very yellow and his skin was very rough!

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In comes the tweezers and scissors again! And yes, I am sitting on the other side holding him again!

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The whole that was left after taking another biopsy. This one had to get stitches as it was bigger and further up inside.

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Baldur got two stitches to keep it in place!

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And here is a lovely photo of where the first biopsy was taken. If you look closely underneath the folded pink skin, you can see two white spots. These were smaller before, and have grown since last time. And these spots are all over his penis.

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Baldur became soooo sleepy! He even started snoring. I released him from the ties when he became this droopy, so that he could relax his neck.

So I am feeling okay, but I am not very optimistic at this point. I am however getting more and more used to the fact that it may be cancer. I have talked to a couple of people now who know or have gone through the same, and they have ensured me that the horses are fine with treatments. Only time will show what the results are, and we are hoping to have the results by friday. Until then, I will not take the sorrows in advance, but I feel it in my gut that the answer is cancer.

However, Baldur is feeling great, and is acting like his loving self. He is so strong and even though it must be painful, he still pricks his ears at me and begs for treats like he always does. I am giving him pain killers in his feed, and tomorrow is the last day of the pain killers. But this one is a fighter, and so am I.

25 thoughts on “*TRIGGER WARNING* Symptoms and biopsies

  1. We had an apply boy who had gotten melanoma on his white penis from too many sunburns (so the vet said) he had to have part of it amputated. He did ok after that, but I am sure that in the 30 years since that happened veterinary medicine has made advances in treating this sort of thing. Keep us posted, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and Baldur

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  2. I have a 27 yr. old gelding that was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on his penis at least 15 years ago, and he has melanoma as well on his penis and elsewhere. He has done very well on piroxicam for the squamous cell, and cimetidine for the melanoma. I had to move to another barn last fall (we had been at one location for 17 years) and the move proved to be stressful. His cancers, which had remained stable, flared up. We applied topical chemo therapy agents to his penis (not fun) and he has again responded pretty well. He’s stable again. My boy is happy again in his new location, and I’m enjoying the best rides I’ve had in years! The cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence. When the biopsies were taken from my boy, he bled so badly I thought that would kill him! Breathe and enjoy the time you have together. There may be much more time than you think! In the begining the diagnoses weighed heavy on me, but now I worry more about colic doing him in than his cancers!

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  3. It is so hard when something happens to our horses. I do hope that whatever the outcome there will be a solution for the problem cancer or whatever it is. I cleaned Biasini’s sheath on sunday He hates having it done and I can never get him to drop. So I have to sneak a quick peek when he drops to pee. I can see that I did not do a perfect job but not too bad. It is a tricky part of the geldings anatomy isn’t it?

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  4. It’s a super good sign that he is acting himself and happy that means two things to me.

    1. It could be good and not a bad diagnosis;
    2. If it is bad, he is saying “hey, let’s do this and I know you have my back while I get better”.

    Animals are funny, they just get on with it. They don’t hear people tell them they aren’t going to get better. They live in the moment, this one, then this one, then this one.

    Do not worry, whatever it is, you love him and really what else does he need to get better in this world.

    Good luck and my thoughts are with you.
    Mel x

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! It is very possible that it is a benign cancer if it is cancer at all, the chances are there! I am just worried as the symptoms have worsened and the veterinarian is a tad worried as well. But I do get the feeling that he is comforting me more than I am comforting him. He is a strong little man. ❤

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