Biz saw the vet for his annual checkup a few weeks ago. At 28 years old, he is remarkably healthy. No comparison of horse age to human age is truly accurate, but a 28 year old horse is generally believed to be about the equivalent of an 80 year old human.
His weight is great – his blood work is good. His eyes are clear and bright with no sign of cataracts. The only exception to his great health is his teeth. Followers to this blog will know that Biz has had 3 teeth pulled over the last couple of years – this Wednesday he will have 4 more pulled. His disease, EOTRH, has progressed, and his teeth have deteriorated significantly in the last year.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little worried – he has done really well with the extractions so far, but he has only had 1 pulled at a time previously. 4 is a much bigger deal. This will be our first round with his upper incisors too – I am not sure if there will be differences with the extractions or in his healing process.
I wouldn’t be doing this (and the vet wouldn’t be recommending it) if there wasn’t a big chance that Biz is enduring a lot of pain due to these diseased teeth that are hanging on. As horses are prey animals, they mask their pain – it has got to be pretty bad before a horse will let you know… We are hoping that this surgery will relieve him of the pain.
I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly, and that he heals quickly. Please keep us in your thoughts on Wednesday!