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  • Pulled throne from horses neck and he has a pus pocket
  • How does strangles look when the abscess is healing

 
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    04-20-2010, 11:58 AM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by JustLeaveIt2Mya    
i'm leaning toward abscess...

It's not infected i'm taking very good care of it, there is not green/white/yellow puss, there is only clear liquid...


It sounds like you're doing a good job taking care of this- I just wanted to clarify somethings for you. An abscess IS an infection. It is a pus pocket, which is white blood cells the body has sent in to kill bacteria.

Also, this does kind of look like strangles but since the horse is acting ok and it is getting better, that makes it less likely. However, for the future, not all horses get snotty noses with Strangles so anytime you think that might be what you're dealing with take *extreme* caution as it is so highly contagious. Best of luck, sounds like he's already on the mend so keep up the good work!
     
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    04-20-2010, 12:02 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
It sounds like you're doing a good job taking care of this- I just wanted to clarify somethings for you. An abscess IS an infection. It is a pus pocket, which is white blood cells the body has sent in to kill bacteria.

Also, this does kind of look like strangles but since the horse is acting ok and it is getting better, that makes it less likely. However, for the future, not all horses get snotty noses with Strangles so anytime you think that might be what you're dealing with take *extreme* caution as it is so highly contagious. Best of luck, sounds like he's already on the mend so keep up the good work!

I agree, it looks like the cases of strangles I've seen. Both the horses I have seen that got strangles, were shortly after vaccinations, and neither had runny noses or coughing, but had the swellings that broke out underneath. Just to be on the safe side wear gloves while cleaning and make sure to disinfect anything you use on the horse before handling other horses - including your clothes.



Glad he's healing up okay!
     
    04-20-2010, 12:38 PM
  #13
Banned
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
It sounds like you're doing a good job taking care of this- I just wanted to clarify somethings for you. An abscess IS an infection. It is a pus pocket, which is white blood cells the body has sent in to kill bacteria.
Thank you! I was going to say something but you got it.


Horses do not have to touch noses to pass strangles. You can easily pass it around on your clothes or utensils, etc.


Do you really keep horses some where that you have NO vet support?
     
    04-20-2010, 11:56 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    

Do you really keep horses some where that you have NO vet support?
This is a very unfortunate reality for so many people. It is really hard to get vets who live in rural areas because we come out of school with well over $100,000 debt and can expect to make around $40-50 grand/ year in these kinds of areas (sometimes less). With $500 or more a month going to student loans for the rest of your forseeable life, it is very hard to convince someone to take up practice in one of the underserved areas. Try to remember this next time you get a giant vet bill- no one is getting rich and we're lucky as heck to have a vet at our fingertips!!
     
    04-21-2010, 04:42 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Ehh, I would call the vet.
Your horse might need some antibiotics to help heal it inside out.
I looked at pictures of strangles before because my horse started getting lumps...found out she pulled her neck and it was knotted up. The pictures you posted look simular to strangles or maybe an allergic reaction from a bite?

The best thing you can do for your horse is to keep it dry and clean and call the vet and see when they can come out.
     
    04-21-2010, 04:47 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Oh and if it gets worse and you can't get it to a vet or a vet come see you than you will have to think about possibly putting your horse down if it is eating away and has a nasty infection....6 hours away? I'm not going to try to lecture you but when you own an animal it's always best to live in an area that atleast has a vet near by...do you have a mobile vet?
     
    04-21-2010, 08:39 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
Try to remember this next time you get a giant vet bill- no one is getting rich and we're lucky as heck to have a vet at our fingertips!!
I most certainly do not complain about my vet bills. I love the practice I use!


I think the questions goes more to 'why would someone keep a horse, when they have limited knowledge and no professional support?' than asking if there really is no vets out there.

The responsibility I feel I have for my animals does not allow me to be so selfish as to put them in a situation where their medical needs would not be taken care of.

It is also hard to believe that in this country there is an expanse that there is only one vet six hours away. Even in the most rural areas there is a city type area less than six hours away.

*toddles off to check if the OP is from the US or not.
     
    04-21-2010, 10:17 AM
  #18
mls
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
Try to remember this next time you get a giant vet bill- no one is getting rich and we're lucky as heck to have a vet at our fingertips!!
I have to say I find this remark rather rude.

People choose where they live and they choose to have animals that require vet care. Lucky has nothing to do with it - it's a choice.
     
    04-21-2010, 11:40 AM
  #19
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Originally Posted by mls    
I have to say I find this remark rather rude.

People choose where they live and they choose to have animals that require vet care. Lucky has nothing to do with it - it's a choice.
I don't choose to live where I do, the fact that I only make so much money practically requires it. Sure, there are places that have lower costs of living (in this economy?), but how am I going to get there, and how am I going to find a job when I do? What if I don't? I agree that people may choose to have or not have horses, but their living situations are controlled by so many other things other than "this place looks good".

Also, I am lucky enough to have not one, but three vets in my area. The trip charges are still ginormous.
     
    04-21-2010, 12:12 PM
  #20
Yearling
I don't want to hijack this thread but I do want to respond to the replies to my post. I intended no offense and wasn't saying anyone on here was complaining about high vet bills. I was just trying to point out that we should all remember to temper the personal hardship of vet costs with the thought that we are not getting ripped off (most of the time). Veterinary medicine is a labor of love and almost no veterinarians out there are getting rich off of us.

As far as choosing where you live- yes, most people do get some say in where they end up. What they don't get to decide is when circumstances change. Like when you lose a job, or your vet leaves the area. In these instances you're stuck in a bad situation and likely don't have the means to get out right away. I really just wanted to remind people not to judge too harshly based on what they know of someone from a few posts on an internet forum. There is always more to every story and we'd all do well to remember that!
     

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