Tugger has been suffering from some degradation in kidney function—noticeable in his bloodwork, but not really slowing him down that much. He just had his vet visit a couple of weeks ago, and the vet had been really pleased because all of his numbers had basically stayed stable from last year to now.
Today, I went over to pick up Q from a “grandma day” [it’s Spring Break here]. I visited with Tugger before we left. He seemed to be not doing so great—he popped out of his basket to greet me, as usual, but there was a pronounced “wobble” in his walk. For lack of a better way of describing it, I’ll say he was walking like an extremely old cat.
I think I’ll ask sew_200e if she'll take him to the vet--just to make sure that there’s not anything wrong that’s easily treatable. His decline from my last visit is just too pronounced for me to do nothing.
He seems to be in good spirits—no grumpier than usual, and eager to be petted and fussed over. I really grew concerned though, after I offered him water from the tap. He walked over with interest but then seemed to decide that leaping up to the sink was just not worth the effort.
For those of you curious how my ride in the horse trailer turned out, unfortunately, we really don't know yet. Red did have a good poop after the trailer ride, but he's continued to be in substantial gut pain and continues to show signs of discomfort.
I will say that I understand why horses's fuss back in a trailer now: bumpy, dusty, a little bit warm [and this was on a pretty cool day], and--the big surprise, though it probably shouldn't have been--LOUD...what came through on the voice post really doesn't come close to capturing the raw auditory experience of it all.