Does anyone know what to call this? I didn't push on it with my fingers to see if it was pitted, only to see if it was painful, and it wasn't. Also note the super swollen sheath. I need to call the vet in the morning, just wanted to see if anyone could help me ID what that edema should be called so I can clearly let her know what I need to have her come out to look at. Wasn't sure if this is a ventral edema? It doesn't look near as nasty as some pics I've seen.
This is my old horse, so of course I'm on the 'net reading every horrifying thing associated with edema and worrying myself probably irrationally, but someone is coming tomorrow (err, later) to check him out, one way or another, lol.
He's otherwise fine - eating great, drinking water, alert, being obnoxious to my mare, the norm. Broke my thermometer not two days ago and had forgotten to take the new one with me to the barn.
cleaned the bean last week, that sucker is clean, no gunk inside. He's a gelding - that's all sheath you see there it's huge, heavy, cold and painful, not warm like an inflammation of some sort. I don't get it. Vet's office doesn't open for two more hours.
As you just cleaned him last week I would suspect the swelling may be related to that. Fluids will go to the lowest point as you see here & that area takes a while to absorb.
It will be interesting to see what the vet says.
Yes, the internet can scare the dickens out of anyone.
My mare had something very similar - my Vet said maybe Ventril Midline Dermatitis - an inflammation of the skin - maybe due to biting insects (possibly a tick) or some allergen. Never did figure out what caused my mare's problem. My Vet did prescribe an antihistamine. Hope you get to the bottom of it and it's an easy fix! Good luck - please let us know - I'd be really interested in what you find out since I never really got any diagnosis.