Lightning had his fall check-up a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Cannedy has asked that Dr. Cochrane, an equine specialist, come to the Museum and take care of Lightning on grounds. In general, Lightning continues to chug along with his known issues (fatty lypomas, club foot, patella issues…) and is doing rather well.
As Lightning has aged, he’s become more reactive to certain vaccines. We’ve moved towards checking titers levels to see if he has antibodies at appropriate levels to keep him protected against certain diseases. If he does, then we don’t need to give him the vaccine. We have also moved to pre-medicating him with drugs to help with allergic reactions. Our system seems to be working well and Lightning hasn’t had a major reaction in a while.
In two weeks, on November 6th, Lightning turns 20 years old. We’re excited and we’ll be celebrating in the Farmyard. Go vote, and then come on by to wish him a Happy Birthday. (or come wish Lightning a Happy Birthday and then go vote).