Zack’s Valentine’s Day Homecoming!

What a great Valentine’s gift it was to have our Zack return home from the hospital!

What made the entire experience even more special was that a great deal of progress was made during his hospital stay. However, there is still a long road ahead because the Canker is disappearing in each foot at a different pace. The important thing is that Zack is now on the road to recovery! As far as his hind end weakness is concerned, that condition is also improving, even though we do not have an exact diagnosis of what is causing it. What we do know is that it is a neurologic problem. Some tests have been inconclusive and x-rays can only show you so much, especially in a horse of Zack’s size. Consequently, he is currently undergoing several treatments that seem to be helping him in that regard. One of them is Marquis, which is typically administered to equines who test positive for a neurological disease called, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis or EPM for short. Zack’s testing for EPM is inconclusive, but they did indicate that he was exposed to it which is why his vets strongly advised that he receive this treatment.

Zack’s progress has been stellar! On the left, you can see the white area of his foot is the Canker disease. On the right, Zack’s foot is slowly growing back healthy tissue!

The next phase of Zack’s recovery is every bit as critical as his initial hospital stay. It is now our job to follow the same regimen that was developed for him at Cornell. A tremendous part of ensuring that we are able to do that is to purchase and provide the vital medications, treatments, supplies and vet visits by his equine podiatrist so that we can keep moving forward with his progress in getting rid of the Canker in his feet. We surely could use your support in helping us get Zack through these next important stages of his recovery. 

That being said, we are increasing our original goal to $17,000 to help cover the cost of aftercare and medications.

Again, I would like to thank all of you who have already contributed toward Zack’s hospitalization. What a tremendous difference each of you has made in Zack’s life! We could not have done it without you! For those of you who would like to donate to his aftercare, we would be extremely grateful, as you can see how important this next phase of his recovery is. More information on Zack’s road to recovery can be found on our latest online newsletter. 

 

With gratitude,

Susan Wagner

President & Founder

February 18, 2021|