Thank you so much for all the of emails regarding our pony. My mom is so relieved that he came home this morning from Tufts Animal Hospital. We are extremely fortunate to live close to the largest premier large animal hospital in New England, Tufts Medical Center. Horse colic is a dangerous medical condition that requires emergency treatment nine times out of ten. We have had our fair share of visits and overnights over the years with our dogs and horses at Tufts. It’s part of being a pet owner I guess. Our friends always say, those animals are lucky to have you. 🙂
For those of you who are not familiar with Tufts, they are top notch and extremely hands on. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly staff of eight people including veterinarians and students. They are a teaching hospital so it’s always interesting to see how everything is done. Even though we arrived on an emergency basis, they were extremely calm and kept my mom at ease.
One thing I love about Tufts is you are allowed to stay with your horse during the entire examination and testing process. It’s not a drop off scenario and then wait for hours in a waiting room. Of course if he needed surgery, we would be waiting but you are able to stay with your animal the entire time during most of the procedures. The facility is state of the art and they do a fabulous job of making you feel welcome and at ease.
Our pony Cappy spent three days at Tufts and was treated for horse Colic, colitis. Which essentially is impaction of the large intestine (stomach). Unfortunately, horse colic is many times deadly but thankfully, he was treated immediately and he pulled through without needing surgery. He isn’t a great candidate for surgery anyway has he had “colic surgery” 5 years ago here at Tufts for the same issue. He has a bad belly! :(.
We left early this morning and headed to Tufts to bring him home. Thank you to my friend for helping me as my mom had to work.
When we arrived to pick him up he was feeling so much better! He couldn’t get on the trailer fast enough! ha.
He is a bit disheveled and in need of some grooming but I guess that’s how we all look when we come home from the hospital right? :).
Home sweet home. Our two other ponies were pretty excited to see him. Hopefully we don’t need to head to Tufts animal hospital again any time soon for horse colic or any medical emergency for that matter! But we are so fortunate to have them so close by. If your large or small animal needs medical attention, Tufts medical center for small and large animals is hands down, the best facility to take care of your animal. Thank you so much to all of the attending staff that took care of our boy, we truly appreciate it.
2 images courtesy of Tufts Medical Center.