Poor little Fidget had a difficult evening on Saturday. When he came in from the field he was having a bit of trouble breathing. He had been absolutely fine earlier in the day but this does seem to be what happens with him. He has had these 'episodes' before and several years ago was diagnosed with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (ROA) which used to be called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). So the vet was called (out of hours - of course) to come and see what we could do to make him more comfortable. He wasn't particularly stressed but I did not feel that he was going to get better on his own.
By the time the vet arrived Fidget was a bit sweaty too and so was beginning to feel a bit more stressed. Luckily the vet quickly agreed with me and gave him an injection to ease his breathing. On Sunday morning I had to drive over to the practice to pick up some granules for him to take in his feed over the next week or so. He was back to normal on Sunday, the injection usually works and he still seems fine today.
Since his first 'episode' Fidget has always had soaked hay and the stables have pretty good ventilation. The other things I do are always putting any new shavings under the old, to reduce the dust, he is also out as much as possible but as he also suffers from Sweet Itch and has a tendency to get overweight it is a bit of a balancing act.
Hopefully he will be fine for the rest of the winter but as usual I will have to keep a careful eye on him.
Until next time!