We were on the schedule this morning so my vet could take blood from Lilly for her mineral panel. I'm hoping when we get it back it'll show us something really important and helpful but we'll have to wait at least a week to find out. We couldn't do the IR test because they have to be off grass and have no grain for 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Plus, it has to go right to the office, so we scheduled that test for the end of the month. Lilly was good for her blood work, considering they needed to take a lot of blood. She shook her head a couple times, and some blood flew all over the floor, but other than that, things went well.
My vet also kept saying things like, "Lilly, you're so fat" and "look how huge your tummy is". I guess getting her off the super green grass hasn't helped her figure any. I've been procrastinating and haven't bought a muzzle yet... I thought I'd wait until after we find out the results of the mineral panel.
After we were done with the needles, my vet started her chiropractic exam. She said her pelvis was out on the left side, she cracked a few vertebrae, and did some work on her neck, but said she was in pretty good shape otherwise. Lilly did a lot of licking and chewing, and by the end she was yawning. All good signs! She also showed me some stretches to do with her because she thought she was a little tight in the shoulders.
There was one thing that concerned her, though. Without doing an x-ray (which neither of us thought was necessary to do today), she couldn't say for sure what was going on, but there is something not quite right with one of the vertebrae in her lumbar region. She thinks it's L5. When she palpates it, you can feel it catching on something. She had me do it so I could feel it too, and it's strange. She said she's never felt anything quite like it in that region and asked if Lilly has been back sore or if I have noticed anything unusual. Considering I haven't ridden in decades, I can't say if she is, but I haven't noticed anything. Lilly isn't one to be stoic, so if she is uncomfortable, it isn't enough to let me know something is wrong.
|L5 circled in red.|
My vet isn't concerned yet, so I'm not concerned either, but it'll be something else to keep an eye on and monitor once I start riding again. We might decide we need to do x-rays in the future, as it could be having a larger impact on things than we think.
(Just for my records, we also vaccinated her for EEE/WEE)