In October I took Ransom to a local show, it was not the first show he had been to, or the first time he had been to this venue for a show. About two weeks after the show, a bump formed under his chin, and I washed it with Betadine and put ointment on it thinking that he had just scraped it. No skin was broken, but there was a large and hard lump.
A couple days later, I was scratching him under his chin, one of his favorite things. I noticed that there was a crust, and drainage soming from the bump. My first thought was strangles, or the beginning of it, and I called the vet first thing in the morning.
The vet said to bring him in right away, I took the rest of the day off work, and took him to the vet.
At this point Ransom had no other symptoms, not loss of appetite, no lethargy, no fever, no coughing or trouble breathing. He was also turned out with 2 other horses, they did not contract anything then or anything to to this day.
The vet examined him and quickly concluded that Ransom had a ruptured lymphnode, and he told me that I needed to put him on a round of penicillin and keep him quarantined, however there were NO other symptoms. I tried to get Ransom accept a shot of penicillin but he didnt, so I called the vet back and he told me to come and pick up a bottle of SMV Tabs and start him on a round of them.
Ransom took the SMV's for 10 days, and he seemed to really get better, the bump closed back up, (but never really dissapeared) and he seemed to be okay.
About a week-two weeks ago he had the bump erupt again, it was smaller then the first time, and once we got him all cleaned up I saw that it was actually like 3 little bumps, looked like pimples. It wasnt as bad or as big as the first time, I immediately called the vet and he said that there was no need to do SMV's again, just to put the Thermazene (RX ointment) that he had given me and if he didnt get better in a week that to call him back.
Could there be a splinter up in there that could be causing an infection (but mind you there are no infections or any other symptoms of infection) that needs to be lanced in order to stop the cycle. What about a tooth abscess? Usually I have heard of human abscesses blowing out through the gumline, but it may be different in horses, but then that would make me think if he has an abscess he would have trouble eating because it would hurt.
Or maybe this is just a lymphnode that keeps rupturing, without being full out strangles. I don't think that it is anything contagious, as he is with 2 other horses and neither of them have had anything similar, nor have they been vaccinated for strangles so they have no immunity.
Has anyone had any kind of similar experience, or know of anything that this might be.
As of today, 1-28-2011, he was healing nicely. But the bumps are bursting one right after the other.
Should I be concerned?
Any advice would be gladly welcomed and if I need to elaborate on anything, I would be glad to do so. Sorry about the long post.