I'm new and I hope you will take the time to read my story, and hopefully you guys can help out. I'm located near Wagga Wagga, NSW. A mixture of Aust. Riding Pony x Arab, pure Arab, standard breds, welshies, minis and shetlands make up our funny little licorice allsorts herd (oh, plus one donkey - how could I forget the donkey!). The larger ponies and horses are used for stock work, we drive the smaller ones just for pleasure. Also breed almost all of them.
The reason I'm here asking questions is actually for a goat, not a horse. Charlotte (the harlot) is 2 yrs old and I've been battling with her for the last week or so with a pretty severe problem. She had a caesarian about 6 mths ago which she recovered from without any more problems. About a week ago I noticed she was having difficulty passing urine. Basically, after A LOT of vet visits we have established that for some reason or another, the urethra has become constricted which is why she struggles to urinate. After speaking with a goat specialist, surgery is not an option.
She is currently on Flunixil (flunixin meglumine) and that has worked wonders! She is a normal goat while she is on it - passes urine without problems, eats, drinks, plays etc. I've been outside doing fences all day with her tagging along helping me, munching on grass and running around and kicking her feet up like a little kid. she feels so good she came into season the other day, and was tarting up and down parading along the buck fence.
The problem is that Flunixil is known to cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure, and so my vet is reluctant to prescribe more than a few days worth of it. And after about 36 hrs off the Flunixil, she starts going downhill rapidly again.
The way I see it, I have four options:
1) Keep her on the Flunixil (not good due to the stomach ulcer/kidney failure deal)
2) Take her off the Flunixil (not good cos she'll rupture her bladder and die)
3) Find an alternative anti-inflammatory which is safer for long term use
Option (3) is where you guys come in. Basically, my way of thinking is that there has to be an anti-inflammatory drug used long-term in horses, dogs or cats, that might help out my girl. I'm not sure how long term we are looking at, it may be that she will need it for the rest of her life, which could be 8 to 10 years.
A friend has suggested bute but I dont know much about anti-inflammatories, I'm open to all suggestions. What I'd like to know is any possible drugs which could be used, the relative safety of them for long term use, how you administer them, whether you can breed with the animal while using the drug, etc.
I am reluctant to euthanase, because I know she can be normal while on the drug, and I can see the potential if only I can find another drug that will do the same, while being safer. money and time is not an issue with this animal.
Here's my girl:
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me