Eventer Abi Dean has incorporated Photizo Vetcare into the pre and post work regime of her rescue horse Nemo since the beginning of 2016. Nemo receives regular Photizo sessions four to six times a week, usually after hard exercise.
The journey to recovery that this brave Irish sports horse has endured is miraculous. It’s a testament to the care and rehabilitation offered by Abi, her vet, Ali Mead, and of course to Nemo himself.
Most recently Nemo has undergone surgery for 3 procedures including full laryngeal tie-back, hobday and soft palate cauterisation, and Abi Dean is convinced that Photizo aided his extraordinary recovery. She explained:
“I believe that Photizo rapidly improved the healing process after Nemo’s three procedures. Not only were the staples removed within the average time period, but the hobday open wound well exceeded the standard expected rate of healing.”
Despite being advised that the hobday would take anything up to 35 days from the date of surgery to heal, Nemo has been on 20 minutes of walking exercise since day five of Photizo treatment, only 14 days after his major surgery.
As soon as Nemo was receiving Photizo treatment there was a clear display in change of personality and appetite, he began to try to whinny, his general manner was improved looking more willing and happy, and he was maneuvering his neck more.
His appetite changed from one small bucket of hay 4 times per day to 8kg of hay three times per day fed in xxl bins at ground level. He displayed no signs of pain or discomfort while eating from day three.
Most horses spend a minimum of 120 days on strict box rest after surgery. Nemo was given the all clear by Ali Mead, FEI approved vet (Badminton Horse Trials), to go back to work on day 36 following the scope. This is less than one third of the normal recovery time for this type of procedure.