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.
New shoes are on, and his hooves are looking pretty okay.
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).
Wrapping his tail to keep it out of the way for Hege and when taking the biopsies.
Baldur getting sleepier and sleepier by the minute!
She starts off by doing a thorough clean. He wasn’t as dirty and infected as last time, but sadly, the symptoms are worsening.
Going over with alcohol to clean up as much as possible for the biopsies.
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.
She used pointed tweezers to grab one of the white spots and clipped it off using scissors, delicate!
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.
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!
In comes the tweezers and scissors again! And yes, I am sitting on the other side holding him again!
The whole that was left after taking another biopsy. This one had to get stitches as it was bigger and further up inside.
Baldur got two stitches to keep it in place!
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.
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.