Saturday, December 12, 2009

Noble's Blood Test Results

We have the results of Noble's blood tests, and they pretty much confirm what we suspected. His thyroid is low, so he's be starting on thyroid medicine and then retested in about two weeks so we can adjust his dosage. The low thyroid explains his weight loss, fatigue and the hard time he's been having staying warm. His insulin was also a bit elevated, although not too bad for his age (almost 30). We've started him already on a chromium, magnesium and selenium supplement, and he is already more easily picking up his left front hoof. I'm hoping he's feel somewhat better now that we can treat what is wrong. Once things are better, he'll have a couple of chiropractic treatments, as his back, neck and shoulders are a little stiff as a result of his sore feet.

I don't really care if he lives forever, just that he stays comfortable while he's with me, and I'm hoping this will help him out.

12 comments:

  1. Is it odd that I'm really pleased the blood tests showed what you expected? I know that it isn't great news for Noble, but it is great that it is something easily managed.

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  2. Poor Noble. At least you know how to help him now. Is the treatment something that will be on going?

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  3. Glad you've got a course of treatment set. Let us know how he does!

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  4. Nina - the treatment should be easy - just a thyroid feed supplement that we may have to adjust from time to time based on blood work - easy is really good!

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  5. So happy Noble will be feeling improved soon. What a wonderful owner you are, making sure his aging process is comfortable. Of course, you must have been doing that all along or he wouldn't have made it this far. He is so lucky to have you in his corner!

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  6. I have a couple of residents on a thyroid supplement, they seem to do the job for them. Glad the results were pretty much as expected and fairly manageable without a lot of drama.

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  7. Yay, I'm glad it was something manageable! I think some pictures of sweet Noble are in order? Admittedly, I just love it when he shows up on your site; I think it's his ears that are so especially sweet!

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  8. Kate...it sounds like Noble is on the road to recovery. As others have said, he is lucky to have an owner who is tuned in and does something about it. Sweet boy!

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  9. That's pretty darn awesome. Not that he's got a low thyroid...but that you didn't just brush his symptoms off as old age.

    I also searched to see a pic of Noble. He looks wonderful for his age. You should be proud.

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  10. Bless his heart, the old sweetie. He is one lucky boy to have a "mom" who cares for him so much. Old horses are a treasure and deserve only the very best as far as I am concerned.

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  11. Best wishes to Noble for enjoying his retirement. We all sometimes need a boost and I'm glad that you have a direction in which to help him.

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  12. I hope Noble gets to feeling better soon. Good to know what's going on and that it can be treated.

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