Monday, February 12, 2018

We're halfway there

Sing it, Bon Jovi, you fabulously feather-maned heart throb.

But also it's in regards to Opie's dental work.

remember this gloriously awful mug?

I didn't get any gory pictures like some of you weirdos may have liked because it turned into a three man operation, and my extra height over Dentist's assistant meant I got to be the Dopie shoulder rest.

Dentist warned me that this could either be really easy--they'd be shallow and he could just pop them out--or it would involve a lot of cutting and blood. BM and I were like, "LOL it's going to be the latter just because he belongs to me." Yeah, it was.

working on the first tooth.

Opie seemed to take his first hit of sleepy drugs well and was soon dragging his lower lip on the ground. Dentist got his scapel and got to work on the first one (the little nubby teeth in the front row). Opie was instantly like, "NOPE." They added the twitch, and Dentist managed to get the first tooth out in a couple of pieces without much issue, but the second one was in deeper. Opie wasn't loving the twitch--he seemed more distracted by it than anything--so they ditched that and opted to add a little more sleepiness on board.

Our barn gets dark when there's snow covering the skylights like there has been lately. For tooth two I held the flashlight which would have been a good opportunity to try to shove my phone in there for pictures, but I was also on bloody scapel holding duty which left both hands occupied.

Tooth three was the big problem. Dentist said it had fused to the jaw which involved crunching and blood and gore and Assistant and I both grimacing and refusing to look while Dentist told her to hold the flashlight steady and I tried to both hold Opie's head up high enough for him to work and not let him throw it too high. It was a hot mess, but he eventually got it cut free.

ewwwwwwwwww.

He let Opie be done there so I'm not sure if he actually got the fourth tooth out while I wasn't paying attention, or if it's still in there. Honestly I got distracted by blood and homeopathic remedy talk. Did you know imitation vanilla on a cotton ball or gauze held against the gums is supposed to help sooth the pain? He also told us a story about a horse that had a lot of scar tissue in its mouth that an old cowboy softened by wrapping a bit with pork skin and leaving it in the horse's mouth. The salt was supposed to soften the skin. Dudes, so distracted, couldn't focus on anything.

i also got distracted by this corgi playing ball, and for that
i'm not sorry.

He'll back in two to three weeks to give Opie a proper float since clearly he didn't want to follow all that with rasps. He said the gums should take about ten days to heal up, and despite the possibility of there being a bit of ridge where the one tooth was really in there, there shouldn't be any issues. Opie should be able to go right back to normal food along with a few days of Bute to help with any soreness.

Opie, for his part, immediately went to scavenging the second he was unclipped despite Dentist being adamant on the No Food rule while waking up from sleepy drugs. I'd gotten there early to get in a ride since I wasn't sure how long he was going to be out of commission for (we'll play it by ear...or mouth?), so he only got half his hay and grain before I stole him away, and then only had time to finish the other half of his grain before Dentist arrived. I stripped his stall while he was "waking up" mostly to get rid of all the blood before an unsuspecting stall cleaner got to the crime scene, but it didn't stop Dopie from trying to shovel shavings into his dripping mouth.

there might be one nugget of grain in there, you never know!

He finally took the most half-assed nap ever while Dentist did two other horses, but by the time they got to the third, Opie had peed and was starting to half-ass weave so I kicked him outside.

not at all a sleepy horse.

Bit-wise, Dentist was surprised that he stuck his tongue out with the french link, and thought that him reverting to keeping his tongue in his mouth with the single joint might have come more from pushing the tongue back than him actually liking it more. I don't know what to think. Opie is generally so quiet in the contact that he hasn't seemed to care one way or the other about what's in his mouth.

already back to business

He'll obviously get at least a couple days off, and we'll see how he looks and feels from there. In the meantime, Hubby got a ton of media from our ride this weekend so I should be able to eek out one riding post this week.

Feel free to ask questions about the procedure. I'm sure I missed a lot that he did tell me, but if I didn't think to ask it myself I'll be sure to ask next time he's out! I think this shit is pretty cool myself if exceedingly disgusting.

35 comments:

  1. ugh honestly teeth stuff squicks me out. that just sounds.... so traumatic and painful!!! at least the mouth has such great blood flow and should heal quickly?? poor Opie :(

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    1. I thought it was going to be a much bigger deal than it ended up being. I was prepared for fasting and treatments and whatnot, and Dentist was like, nah. That shit heals easy peasy.

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    1. I was fine with the blood, but the crunch almost killed me!

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  3. Wow! Did the dentist have any insight re: why his teeth were like that?

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    1. Just baby teeth that didn't fall out. He said they'd been like that for a long time. Poor kid!

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    1. Me too. I can't wait until he's all healed up and I don't have to worry about it anymore.

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  5. Ouch! Dental work is no fun for anyone. But I can't wait for more photos because I love gross squeamish things like this.

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    1. I tried to grab one this morning, but for some reason he wasn't too interested in me playing with his mouth. Poor kid. I'll flush it tomorrow and get a pic with some help.

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  6. I am admitting that i saw the instagram feed at lunch i felt slightly nauseous now i feel gross still LOL but very interesting and of course Opie bounced right back HA. Special horse :) Hopefully he doesnt grow that second row of teeth back (anyone read that Joe Hill Novel https://www.amazon.com/NOS4A2-Novel-Joe-Hill/dp/0062200585 UGH i keep thnking about the kids second row of teeth (NIGHTMARES YOU ARE WELCOME HA HA HA HA oh Opie never change :) Glad that is done!!

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    1. Omg I cannot deal with more mutant teeth!

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  7. I watched 2 extractions and they were paltry compared to this

    SO GROSS AND INTERESTING. did he take xrays?? im so curious.

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    1. No x-rays, this was far from his first one. He felt around and then dove right in. He said he'd done one before in an older-than-Opie horse where NONE of the baby teeth had shed. SO GROSS!!!!

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  8. Kinda gruesome amount of flesh on those teeth, but I'm glad for you both that it's all over but the healing.
    In the moment, I can do what needs doing. I was once paid to take a very high dollar racehorse to another province for a surgery on his throat (flipping palette). The vet wanted me to assist, but first he asked me if I was *COMPLETELY SURE* that I would not faint or puke on him...
    'Pssshhh', I said, 'I have 2 children, I'm totally good.'
    Neither the vet or I puked or fainted, it was a successful surgery, & horse went on to win a. lot. of money over the course of his career.
    Crime scene amount of blood in the stall though, you are def right that someone coming in later could be freaked out.

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    1. His giant white snoot was also covered in blood from Dentist occasionally putting a hand on his nose. It definitely looked like Opie had incurred a grievous face wound by the time he was done. Fortunately he stopped bleeding in no time, so a little stall cleaning and some face washing and everything was back to new.

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  9. Wow that’s crazy.... wonder how that happened!

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    1. No good baby horse dental work, that's for sure.

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  10. Yuck. Going to the dentist is the WORST. Good boy Opie for being a generally good patient though. Hope he's feeling great quickly!

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    1. He really could have been so much worse. Hopefully he continues to be a good patient while he heals!

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  11. Oh my, well OF COURSE it was the bloody and difficult option, poor Opie. Ughh, when I got my wisdom teeth out one was fused and crunched instead of popping out...hearing that noise again on a giant horse tooth scale would have probably had me gagging, lol

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    1. That crunching noise gets to me every time!

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  12. Horse teeth gross me out. Sorry it had to be the difficult option, but glad it it over and done with.

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    1. So nasty! Teeth are one thing I have no problem shelling out the money to have someone else deal with.

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  13. Yikes. Poor Opie, hopefully he gets to feeling better quickly.

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    1. A little bute and he's back to normal!

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  14. Holy s-bombs Batman, that sounds gnarly! Poor guy!

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    1. You know when the assistant doesn't even want to look, shit's getting real!

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  15. The crunching woulda killed me! We used to have a whole gang of dentists come work on the rescues all on the same day a few times a year and I got very used to all the grossness, but dental stuff is definitely at my limit! I hope Opie is back in business in no time!

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    1. Hearing the grossness is a thousand times worse than seeing it to me.

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  16. Pretty sure the noise/sounds would've sent me over the edge. I can handle a lot, but no thanks.

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    1. That crunch is the worst noise out there.

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  17. Ohhhhh Opie!! It is crazy how quickly the mouth heals, that's for sure. Poor dude, I can only imagine how his mouth felt with that crazy mess in there. I wouldn't have been able to watch the cutting and blood, either, despite the fact that I am kinda fascinated with the entire thing LOL! (I don't even wanna know what the crunching was from hahaha).

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