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Published on May 8, 2012
Zephrya is a 12 month old filly, ravaged in a dog attack. With owners unable to afford the likely-costly medical bills it would take to save her, people across the web came together to help a family and a horse they did not know. This video tells her story.
Medical Information: The very first thing Dr. Jordan did was to give Zepyra a mild sedative to calm her and make her feel more at ease. Just like with a human, this horse is under local anasthesia during the entire process. Localized injections to the treatment areas are given throughout to insure she has no sensation in the areas being operated on at the time. Some readers on the blog wondered why the doctor didn't just put her under general anasthesia throughout the process. Just like with humans, general anasthesia can be very risky and in Zephyra's case she would have had to be under for over two hours, which poses significant risks to her health and increases the likelihood that she simply won't wake up. Later in the video, Zephrya did receive a dose of Butorphinol for pain. It's very similiar to giving morphine to humans and gives a much deeper analgesia (pain control), as opposed to sedation, because too much repeated sedation could compromise her health. All drugs of this are carefully administered in precise doses. As you can see near the end, the timing of the drugs was perfect. Within seconds after Dr. Jordan finished the last part of surgery ,Zephyra was waking up and ready to get back in the fight. Zephyra was an amazing patient at Bear Creek and we love having her!
We truly hope you enjoy this video.
Other Notes: -This is a long video. It's a complete documentary of Zephyra's Care. If you already know the story behind Zephyra, the interview begins at 4:00.
- Yes, there is some background noise I can't filter with the camera and mic I have. As I get funds, I'll see about getting a good parabolic mic.
- No, I'm not a producer, and yes it's obvious. lol. I'm learning as I go here, ok?