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        07-26-2012, 03:28 PM
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    Foal
    Any suggestions on what could be going on?

    I have a gelding that has been having problems with his fetlock swelling off and on for the past few months. It abcessed once. The vet washed it out, gave him a round of shots, prescribed uniprim and bute. The abcess closed and healed within a week. But the swelling and some heat remain. Its now been a month and still no change in the swelling. Vet says to keep giving him the bute. Since he has no lameness, the vet doesn't see a big problem. But I'm concerned. Thanks!
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        07-27-2012, 02:24 AM
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    Trained
    Hi,

    He became abscessed on his fetlock? Did he have an injury there? Puncture wound? Previous lameness? If it didn't get better with initial treatment, I'd be concerned there was a foreign body in there, or possibly a bone chip floating around or such. The other problem is long term use of bute. I wouldn't be happy with continual use for a month or more generally & I'd at least be giving it with a probiotic, to counter some of the negative effects. I'd be thinking about getting xrays and another equine vet's opinion myself.
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        07-27-2012, 01:00 PM
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    Foal
    It started out as swelling with heat. No obvious outside injures. It later developed a few small bumps that broke open after a day. Vet couldn't figure out what was going on. He said looks like there's something trying to get out. He didn't take any x-rays. He just flushed it out and gave him meds. The bumps healed but the swelling is still there. Not as bad as before, but still there. He hasn't gone lame, but I'm worried that its only a matter of time. I'm trying to locate an equine specialist nearby that I can take him to.
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        07-31-2012, 09:49 AM
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    Weanling
    It's hard to tell without pictures but do you remember what the stuff that came out of the bumps looked like and their approximate location on the fetlock? Did you squeeze on them at all? If so how did they feel? Were they hot, did your horse feel pain?
         
        08-01-2012, 03:37 AM
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    Trained
    Sounds like something is still in there, irritating it. I would get X-rays.
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        08-01-2012, 03:57 AM
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    Trained
    Just throwing it out there, but have you looked into 'quittor'?
         
        08-01-2012, 05:49 AM
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    Weanling
    Loosie - quittor is found on the coronary band not on the fetlock joint! Its a sinus developed from an abscess that has travelled upwards, usually has an opening below as well.
         
        08-01-2012, 09:11 PM
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    Trained
    Yes, Tnavas, I know it's infection of the lateral cartilages. I haven't heard it described as a 'sinus' though. But to my knowledge it's rare these days & I have no personal experience of it either. As it effects cartilage though, a possibility there's something like that going on in the fetlock, perhaps from an OCD or such? - the infection's come from inside, not out? But just 'throwing it out there', as I don't know.
         
        08-01-2012, 09:41 PM
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    Weanling
    Loosie - not specifically an infection of the lateral cartialage but often as the result of an abscess - a sinus because it may travel upwards - line of least resistance but also be draining downwards as well.

    Often hard to heal as the.
         
        08-01-2012, 09:47 PM
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    Foal
    Get X-rays. Something is not happy in there. Whether a bone chip or arthritis or other things. The best way to know and easiest way to prevent more damage is X-rays.
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