Knox needs dental surgery

My TB/Percheron gelding Knox developed an abscess on the right side of his face the evening of July 11, 2020.  I stalled him for the night after cleaning it the best I could. It was obvious he was in pain. The vet just so happened to be at the barn the following day for another horse. I had him look at Knox in passing because the abscess had burst over night.  He recommended warm compress and keep it clean.  Within a week the hole had began to drain a foul smelling yellow discharge. Right away he was started on antibiotics which helped a lot. The hole was completely dried up and almost closed. Not long after completing the meds the hole and drainage returned but this time the foul yellow discharge was also dripping from his right nostril. I had the vet come take some xrays to confirm what I was already thinking. His diagnosis: tooth root abscess on the right and large hole in tooth on the left. The tooth on the right is actually fractured and a piece has made it’s way into his sinus cavity.  Our vet tried to pull the tooth but was unsuccessful because the tooth is so decayed that it literally fell apart. What I thought was going to be an easy in barn procedure has turned into something much more complicated. The less expensive extraction was no longer an option. Deep down my heart was broken. We have been referred to UGA for Knox to have them both removed under general anesthesia. Unfortunately because he is having a tooth pulled on each side of his mouth it will require two separate surgeries. They expect him to be there for several days and estimate the cost will be close to $8,000. That does not include travel, gas and hotel to get him there and again to get him home. I just want him to be comfortable and on the road to recovery. He is such an amazing horse. To complicate things even more I lost my job that I truly loved due to COVID.  Any donation towards Knox’s surgery and/or prayers for his recovery would be greatly appreciated.
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