While the tumour continued to grow and Rosie had a few episodes we really did have a good year. Her episodes are best described as pain spikes, days where perhaps she’d chewed on something a little firm or bumped herself while trying to scratch. We’re really not sure exactly what caused these spikes but we had bute on hand and often found a one off 10ml dose was enough and by the following morning (spikes usually appeared in the evenings) she was back to her version of normal.
Roll on 2022 and we’re now well past the 24 month mark, she wasn’t giving up! But we knew she wasn’t getting better and the conversations around “when” became more frequent.
Her 407 & 408 teeth were loose and you could hear them knocking about when she ate. She was placing food and quidding hay. She had started to place herself outside of danger, not getting into places where she might get knocked or have to move too quickly. Living in a herd requires a huge amount of self-awareness.
In February 2022 Rosie had what became her final dental exam. It was clear to all of us that her time was on the horizon and we all agreed there was not much value in pushing her to have a full float. In the lead up to this appointment I spoke extensively with our dentist to create Plan A, Plan B and Plan C just in case the s@#t hit the fan and her jaw broke.
Thankfully we were able to open her mouth using a mouth wedge. This allowed us to open her mouth without placing any pressure on the right side as the wedge was only used on the left. The only reason we took this risk was to check how loose those two teeth actually were.
Turns out the 407 was only being held in by the surrounding teeth and simply popped out in the dentist’s hand! The 408 took a little extra work but was out in about 5-10 minutes. Following the removal of these teeth the flushing resumed and as always she was a trooper.