Buddy - Loved and Supported For All His Needs
Buddy is an 18 year old paint gelding who was surrendered by his owners because they could no longer care for him. He was diagnosed with a corneal fungus and ulcer which had penetrated into the eye. We picked Buddy up in Taneytown and took him directly to Dr. Nunnery, a horse ophthalmologist practicing in Warrenton, Va.. Buddy was stabilized over the weekend and an extensive surgery was performed on Monday which included a corneal graft and cleaning out the fungus and other harmful tissue from the eye. At the same time it was noticed that he had squamous cell cancer on the lower eyelid and had that partially removed. They were able to save the eye but Dr. Nunnery is very concerned that Buddy may not regain sight in the eye.
We brought him home for rest and recovery. He still requires medication for his eye - through a lavage every 4 hours for at least 3 weeks. He is adjusting well and has attracted the attention of one of our mares. We can’t turn him out with the other horses for a while but they do a lot of talking. Thanks to Windsor Veterinary for referring the owners to us. If they had waited much longer it could have been a different outcome for Buddy
Updates: He has suffered an abscess on his right front hoof. He has been in a cast and stall rest for over 8 weeks. He is recovering well and has had the cast taken down to only his hoof. He can go out in the small pasture and hopefully will soon be fully recovered. His eye seems to be stable - he wears a sun block mask whenever he goes out is and continuing to get checked out every 6 months.