Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday Sadness

Hi there, Smoke here. I am doing something weird right now and it is hard to explain. Donkey and horses have hooves and they are kind of like your finger nails. So when we eat to much something happens to make the blood rush to our hoofs where a lot of pressure builds up and makes the bone inside our hoof rotate and put a lot of pressure on the sole of our hoof. All this process is called foundering. It has other names too. 

Anyway, the really sad part is that the cause of this happening to me is that we have had a lot of rain here and so our grass is very very rich and that is why I am having this problem. I have been in a lot of pain and lie down a lot. I have to take lots of medicine and the really bad part is that I cannot go back outside in the pasture until next November. There is not a cure for this, just have to control it somehow.
Hi there Joe, here and would like to know why I have to be shut up too. My hooves are just dandy. But I guess I have to keep my friend Smoke company. Guess I will get my skinny figure back now but this is just NOT any fun. Smoke can barely walk much less play with me. Hopefully his little hooves will feel better as soon as we get the special pain killing medicine for him.  Don't  you love me modeling my belly??
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42 comments:

  1. We're sending loud healing purrs to Smoke, that he's better soon. And purrs to Marg too!

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  2. We hope your medicine comes today Smoke and in the mean time try to lay down to ease the pain in your hooves.
    We are doing special purrs just for you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  3. We are all hoping Smoke feels better very soon!

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  4. Oh dear Smoke, we sure hope you get that medicine so you can start feeling better soon. We are all sending you our best purrs.

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  5. I have never heard of that. Sounds very painful. Hope you get better soon and can enjoy to taste grasses again soon...but don't eat to much.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  6. We're purring for you, Smoke. That sounds terribly uncomfortable.

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  7. Poor Smoke... That is serious stuffs. WE have never heard it called anything except Foundering.
    It happens FAST and takes a long time to clear up.

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  8. Oh no, Poor Smoke! We call it laminitis and know how very painful it is. Are you having anti inflammatory medicine for your hooves as well as pain killers? We get a lot of problems here as well because it is so wet and the grass grows too lush. When we have horses that are prone to it we put them on starvation pasture which isn't really pasture but almost bare earth. Your feet will be too painful for that but hopefully next year they will be better again.

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  9. This is so sad. We don't know much about diseases of animals other than humans, cats and dogs. We are sorry there is no cure. Hoping the pain meds help and sending our purrayers, purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  10. We are sad Smoke is having problems with his hooves. The girl cats are sending purrs your way. Is terrible you two won't get to enjoy the summer outside :(

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  11. We feel so bad sweet Smoke is having painful hooves. We are purring they feel better soon. Poor little fella!

    Joe, that tummy of your would make a great Tummy Tuesday post!

    Have a good weekend!

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  12. We hope Smoke feels a lot better soon. Joe, we are smiling because we did not realize donkeys were so much like cats!

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  13. Poor Smoke! Hurty hooves sound awful...we hope you are feeling better just as soon as possible. Joe, thanks for the comic relief!

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  14. Oh, poor Smoke!! I sure hope this goes away soon so you feel better. It's hard enough keeping them out of the grass, but to see him in pain? Not good. Get well soon, Donkey Buddy!

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  15. Sending you healing purrs Smoke. WE hope you feel better very soon.

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  16. Poor baby. I hope you get better soon.

    Have a terrific day. My best to your mom. ☺

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  17. Poor Smoke. Hopefully you'll feel better as you lose the extra weight coupled with meds and care from your Mommy!
    Well Joe, you are Smoke's buddy and buddies stick together. :) November will be here before you know it. Meanwhile, keep flaunting that cute little belly of yours!

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  18. Hello Smoke. Purrz fur you and Marge. Hopes ur meds are there furry soon and dats ur hooves gets to felling much better.

    Katie Kitty Too.

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  19. Oh Smoke our hearts are just breaking for you. Isn't there anything they can do? November is quite a long time, we feel awful. Poor Joe too :(

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  20. Oh noes! We're sending purrs that Smoke feels better soon! We have never heard of this before and feel bad that this happens to donkeys for just enjoying yummy grass. Hugs to your mom too!

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  21. Poor Smoke - I hope the painkilling meds help him lots. I'm sending purrs his way.

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  22. Oh NO my favorite Donkeys are confined...dang rain we either have a drought or monsoons...crazy crazy weather.
    lots of hugs sweeties
    your bfff
    Madi

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  23. Poor Smoke. We hope his hooves are feeling better soon and both of you can get back in the pasture. We're sending healing purrs.

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  24. Oh, goodness, we hope Smoke will feel better soon. Such a shame that so much lush grass from the rain causes that problem.

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  25. That sounds like no funs at all, Smoke. Not sure kittie purrrrrrrrrrs help horse-type critters, but we're sending some your way just in case.

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  26. We sure did learn a lot here today that we never knew about. Hope Smoke feels better soon and it is very nice of you to keep him company, Joe! Purrs from the Zee and Zoey gang!

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  27. OMC I never knew donkeys could lay down belly up. he he - you have an adorable belly too. M feels so bad for both of you that you can't live life like you normally would. It's just not fair. Dang rain! Hope you guys can get back to normal.

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  28. oh poor Smoke. That must be just horrible. I hope you get that medicine real soon and it helps. We'll be thinking of you

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  29. Oh poor baby. Smoke, I hope the medicine helps and you feel better very soon.

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  30. Poor Smoke!! We will purr for you buddy!!

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  31. Oh Smokes, we are so sorry to hear about your feet. That must be very painful for you.And Joe, you are a good brother to stay with him.We hope things get better soon.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  32. Smoke, we've heard about this with horses. We are purring very loud that your hooves will feel better. How nice that Joe...reluctantly...is keeping you company.

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  33. Sending healing purrz for Smoke.

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  34. Sending much love and purrs to the sweet Donkeys and hope that medicine comes very soon! I'm purring and purring!!

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  35. Oh that is sad news indeed. We love you Smoke and Joe. We are sending our biggest purrs, prayers and good thought's Mr. Gun Smoke's way for him to start feeling better very soon. I'll have to come over to the barn and have a bit of a shindig with you boys to help cheer you up...

    Luv Uncle Cloon & Auntie Tiri

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  36. Oh No! Poor Smokey! Laminitis is a really nasty thing, and it's true that too much fresh grass can be a dangerous thing. Take care of yourself, Pal, and feel better soonest.

    Supportive Neighs,
    Vidock and Violette

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  37. Poor Smoke! We are so sorry you have to deal with this. We love you and Joe, and hope that pain-killing medicine works well. Big hugs to you both, sweet ones.

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  38. I've never heard of such a thing, Smoke. I wouldn't have thought that plump, moist grass could do harm to a donkey or horse. Wow. I hope the problem eases soon. It can't be very nice at all. Good luck to you.

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  39. Your belly does look very cute! I am very sorry to hear about your hooves... I know what foundering is and I know it's not fun :( I hope you can control it and feel better soon!

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  40. Oh Smoke we are so sorry you have had founder, it's so nasty for all equids.

    Would you be able to go out with one of those muzzles that allow you to only graze a tiny bit? Where we live the grass is really rich and sugary and often we get a second flush of sugary grass in the autumn too. Our ape knows many horses and donkey who get laminitis badly every year because of the sweet grass.

    We hope you feel better soon and the medicines help you. Sometimes a cool hose on your sore hooves can provide some relief, but we bet Marg has already done that for you as she is such a great care giver and friend to animals

    Gerry & Mungo

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  41. Ah, Smoke, I'm so sorry about the founder, buddy! Mom told me a little bit about it and it sounds like it does not feel nice at all :( I hope that the managing will help you to feel much more comfortable soon!

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  42. Poor Smoke! To have to stay inside all summer! Glad he's got his buddy to keep him company. Here's an article on laminitis/founder--the author goes way into detail but I learned a lot about it. Maybe it can help you with Smoke.

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