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post #1 of 19 Old 07-07-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Abnormal swelling in "armpit" area?

Hi... I am new to this forum... I am desperate for any help you can give me... I have an older mare (mid to late 20's). I gave her a bath today and found her "armpit" area very swollen and irritated... it is approx 3 in wide and goes from middle of her "armpit" to the backside of her leg... I cleaned it really good, applied blue spray and coated it with desitin ointment. Tonight it looks a little better? But she is obviously biting at it, as her mouth was covered in desitin.... No, it was not caused by a girth, as she is unable to be ridden due to severe arthritis in her back end...she is just a pasture pet... she is turned out 12 hours (approx 1 acre pasture) and stalled 12 hours every night... she has been on the same feed mix, 12% pellet, 12% sweet pellet, alfalpha pellet, beet pulp shreds, for more than a year... I recently (2 weeks) started her on apple cider vinegar (1 cup nightly), and switched her to Legacy pellets (joint support)... any help would be GREATLY appreciated..... ( and I live in Florida...if that helps....)
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-07-2012, 03:17 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

Can you post a picture of the area?
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-07-2012, 06:46 AM
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The armpit area is often a favorite place for bug bites/stings/ticks/etc. I would just clean it, put some SWAT on it, and keep an eye on it to make sure it's not infected. Swelling/welter can take a few days to go down.
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Pictures would help a lot. As clear as you can in good lighting

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Welcome to the forum! I'm new too and, I have to tell ya, I'm impressed with this and so pleased that I joined!

My boy had a swollen area on his pec the other day and my vet was coming out anyway. She looked at it and said it was probably a bad tick or other insect bite. So maybe it's a bite?

I agree with everybody else, pictures would be a great help!
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If the swelling gets bigger and really sore, consider Pigeon Fever or Dryland distemper as it is called in many areas. We have had 2 this year. The abnormally hot and dry weather of the last two years is making it worse. And much more prevalent.

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post #7 of 19 Old 07-07-2012, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures of swelling...

OK...I am back... I am going to try to post these pics I took again...I tried last night but ??? Computers are not my thing....
I couldn't figure out how to seperate them, but some are pics yesterday, then some are today, cleaned again and with blue spray... after that I coated them with furazone and swat (thanks for that idea)....
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I have never seen wrinkles like this on a horse. Is it elderly? If it's bugs, slather petroleum jelly on - the bugs don't like it and it will last a few days.
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yes she is old... mid to upper 20's and does not get much excercise due to severe arthritis in her back hips.... but other than this current problem I have never had an issue with her.... I keep their stalls clean every day...pick up poop from their pasture once a week... diligently battle the flies... and do not change her feeding schedule if at all possible.... the only thing I can think of different is the apple cider vinegar? Or the legend pellets?... I do have free range chickens (10 on 2 acres)... but they have all been together for almost 2 years, and no sick chickens?????? I have called the vet but she is closed this week due to july 4th...have to wait for monday?????? And yes...the flaps of skin have always been there...just not inflammed and swollen like that.... I know she is biting at the area's, but I can't get her to stop..... today on one side I used DMSO and iodine mix (50/50)...hope to see if that helps by am....off to work...will check her tonight, midnight? And update.... thanks everyone
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yes she is old... mid to upper 20's and does not get much excercise due to severe arthritis in her back hips.... but other than this current problem I have never had an issue with her.... I keep their stalls clean every day...pick up poop from their pasture once a week... diligently battle the flies... and do not change her feeding schedule if at all possible.... the only thing I can think of different is the apple cider vinegar? Or the legend pellets?... I do have free range chickens (10 on 2 acres)... but they have all been together for almost 2 years, and no sick chickens?????? I have called the vet but she is closed this week due to july 4th...have to wait for monday?????? And yes...the flaps of skin have always been there...just not inflammed and swollen like that.... I know she is biting at the area's, but I can't get her to stop..... today on one side I used DMSO and iodine mix (50/50)...hope to see if that helps by am....off to work...will check her tonight, midnight? And update.... thanks everyone
I'm no expert by any means. I'm just an owner of an elderly gentleman gelding. He's had heart problems lately mixed with pneumonia and he almost died. Thank God he's doing much better now!

Anyway... That swelling is bilateral, meaning equal on both sides. That is not likely to be bug bites or such. I'd cut the vinegar and call the vet. Does your horse tolerate exercise without getting short of breath? Can you see her jugular vein more than 1/3 up her neck from the shoulder? I'm not trying to scare anybody, just wondering if that's really a form of ventral or extremity edema?

There are some vets on this forum... Maybe someone more knowledgeable than myself could guesstimate that one... But if this was my horse, I'd call the vet.
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