Last week was a difficult one for Idaho Horse Rescue. Robert’s favorite rescue, Big Jack, almost died. He had gotten colic and developed bloody colitis. For those that don’t know much about horses, colitis is pretty much always terminal. On Sunday when Robert first took him to the hospital, the vet on call said he wouldn’t live more than 24 hours and recommended immediate euthanasia.
Robert decided to take Jack home so his final moments could be spent with his herd and he could pass away in comfort. However, while Robert was preparing for the euthanasia, he noticed that Jack had passed his blockage. Robert said it was black from being full of blood. After that Jack seemed like he might want to eat. Robert decided to let Jack rest overnight and evaluate him the next morning.
On Monday morning Jack looked better although he still had bloody diarrhea and was not eating. Robert decided to wait another 12 hours, and by the end of the day Jack was showing signs that he had an appetite.
The next morning Robert called Dr. Liz Scott at Idaho Equine Hospital and said that despite there being almost no chance of survival, it just seemed that Jack wasn’t ready to die. Robert brought Jack back to Idaho Equine Hospital and Dr. Scott agreed. He was given intravenous fluids and a stomach scope was performed, indicating that in addition to the colitis, he had gastric ulcers. Ulcers in horses are often caused by medicine. Jack’s ulcers were probably caused by drugs given to him during his horse-racing days or by the medicine he needed to treat injuries obtained during his escape attempt prior to being rescued by IHR.
Three days of rest and IV’S later, and the fantastic veterinary care of Dr. Liz Scott and Robert’s spot-on intuition and loving care, it looks like Jack is expected to fully recover. As of today, he is back at the ranch, eating and enjoying life with his herd once again. We at the Idaho Horse Rescue are so happy to have him back!
We are thrilled that Idaho Equine Hospital and Dr. Liz Scott could help our Jack Jack, but now we have to pay the bill. The original cost estimate we got for Jack’s care was between $8000-$10,000, but fortunately it’s not going to be that high. Robert thinks the bill is going to be around $5,000, so we need your help. Please help us cover this unexpected cost with a donation!