Brett drove down to UC Davis this morning and brought Flash home. Brett walked into the barn and found Flash waiting in his stall where he immediately perked up upon seeing Brett, who offered him a cookie. Flash took it, munched it down and then proceeded to lick Brett's hand. Next he tried to push the stall door open -- he was definitely happy to see Brett and anxious to go home. Brett called me when Flash was loaded and they were ready to head home -- and his voice caught a bit as he talked about how happy they were to see each other.
Once home, he slowly and stiffly walked out to the turn out area of his stall. One of the symptoms of this infection is stiffness in the limbs. Flash is still carrying some of the bacteria and he is still a bit stiff. But, so happy to be home.
He had a happy reunion with Mufasa over the fence between their run-outs. They snaked their heads at each other in a "happy to see you" game.
Flash will continue on oral antibiotics for about two weeks. He gets a dose of 22 pills, twice a day. Fortunately, he eats them straight with his supplement and some sweet feed. He'll get repeat blood work in 7-10 days to determine if the bacteria are all gone.
He is also getting banamine (for pain) tonight, and twice tomorrow. Banamine is dosed via a paste and Flash hates having any kind of paste shot down his throat at all. When he saw me walk into his stall with Brett this evening, he turned and stiffly walked outside. He knows I'm the one who gives him nasty paste medications. Brett followed Flash outside, put on the halter and walked him back into the stall where it was light. We went through the usual head tossing evasions and then he let me insert the syringe into the corner of his mouth and press the dose onto the back of his tongue. Yuck.
I gave him quite a few cookies as a peace offering afterwards.