Canker in a very elderly horse -- is this the end? HAPPY UPDATE :)
Canker is a new one for me as I'm in CA and my vet says it's pretty uncommon here. I care for a 34+ year old rescued mare with various age issues --- uveitis, glaucoma and coffin bone rotation to within 2 mm of sole. She has had very careful management with a high quality of life until this past week.
Because she has had to live in Soft Ride boots 24/7, she has developed canker, which was just diagnosed today. Vet feels that given her age and other health challenges, that it would be unfair to her to put her through the aggressive excision/treatment necessary --- plus we still have those foundered feet to consider. I have scheduled euthanasia for her for Thursday. She is very painful (4/5 lame) in both front feet due to the canker. Banamine is giving her major pain relief so that she is able to comfortably walk around while we take a few days to say goodbye.
I have never dealt with canker. Am I giving up too easily? In my heart I know that letting her go is a good choice but I'm out of my league with canker and thought I'd ask for COTH wisdom... Vet was pretty clear this was not a battle I should fight for her at this point in her life, and I highly regard my vet.
Thanks in advance for your input.
"Tomorrow" dry cow helps w/canker
Have treated canker successfully in 25 yo, but did not have to deal with the founder. Did not do resection or surgery, but did do hospital plates for antibiotics. Would not bother with that again. On farrier recommendation tried a product sold in Tractor Supply and other feed stores called "Tomorrow" and also "Today" - strength difference - but it's basically for dry cow mastisis.It and keeping her out of pea/muck/mud - her favorite places to stand - fixed it quickly. Places where it was deep enough were packed with cotton.
She has so much going on letting her go will be ok, but it's never easy. Sorry you all are going through this.