tail tumor

Tail Update: What the Vet Said

So, when I posted that Tristan’s tail lump had mysteriously vanished, I said I would email the vet and check in.

Here’s the email exchange.

Hi Vet,

I went out to the barn on Monday, and Tristan’s wrap had come off when he came in from the field, finally. (It was on for 5 weeks!)

There is…nothing at all on his tail. No stitches, no lump, only a vague maybe-sorta outline where the lump was.

So, I guess it’s all over with? I’m puzzled but glad, I guess. Weirdo horse.

Her reply. The bolding is mine.

It’s our beads! Non-cancerous tumor or not, they shrunk the growing tissue. As an aside, I’m thinking of doing a research project on this. It is very interesting. Glad they are gone and he is well!!

My horse: subject of a research paper, coming soon. If she actually does write it I will absolutely share it.

(For those wondering what happened to the radioactive beads: I, too, am wondering. My best guess is that since they were “bioabsorbable” they did indeed absorb fully and are gone, and that the half-life of the radioactivity was such that there is no concern. I have emailed the vet back to make 100% sure, though. She is SUPER on top of things, so if there were any danger I’m quite confident that she would have followed up.)

At least he is cute.

6 thoughts on “Tail Update: What the Vet Said

  1. i love that bridle too!!! not sure how i missed your review and giveaway (and now the two horse tack website doesn't appear to be working). anyway glad Tristan's tail seems to be all better!


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