Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Plant City, Florida
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....)