Test Results! Spring 2020 Vet Visit Continued . . .

SOLID CYSTIC APOCRINE DUCTULAR ADENOMA. Say that with me once. Okay. Now say that with me fast three times. Just kidding. I am not even sure how to pronounce the last three words!

For inquiring minds who want to know, a solid cystic aprocrine ductular adenoma is what Shiloh had on his rump. You may recall in my previous post entitled “Spring 2020 Vet Visit” at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/spring-2020-vet-exam/ that Shiloh had a piece of tissue removed. What I would describe as a wart was more precisely identified as a solid cystic aprocrine ductular adenoma by a pathologist.

I asked to see a copy of the report. I panicked when I started to read the description paragraph and realized that I could only identify about three words in eight sentences. Fortunately, I understood the comments section which read “This is a benign neoplasm which is rare in the horse. Excision is complete and is expected to be curative. The prognosis is good.” Shiloh’s veterinarian said he had never seen one in a horse. Kind of freaky, if you ask me. But the good part is that Shiloh requires no further treatment (my bank account is smiling), and the tumor is not expected to regrow.

Shiloh’s stitches were removed at the vet’s office earlier today. Hopefully that whole ordeal is behind him now (pun intended)!

Bear sporting his grazing muzzle that helps keep his glucose and insulin levels in check.

Now on to Bear’s test results . . . Drum roll please. Bear’s ACTH, glucose and insulin levels were all within normal ranges for the second year in a row! Amazing. This was a horse that previously had an off-the-charts glucose reading where I recall reading a number with a + sign beside it on the blood test report. Confused, I asked the vet what the + sign meant. He said that Bear’s reading was so far out of range that the lab saw no point in giving an exact number. Whhaattt? So having two “within normal range tests” two years in a row is a big deal to me. Long story short, Bear’s current medication regimen or diet does not need to be adjusted at the moment. But with PPID and EMS diagnoses, it seems to me that you have to constantly stay vigilant and be ready your management quickly if you notice anything amiss.

So now that both are horses are all vetted and Shiloh’s stitches removed, I am hoping to take some field trips with them, maybe to ride at a local arena or somewhere outside with friends. It is a little tricky traveling with one horse that I still ride and one retired horse, but I will see what I can arrange for Summer.