Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Hello, i havn't seen you'r original post, but my boy has allergies which result in similar swelling, though it is not as severe as in your horse. My boy often comes in (mostly in the spring/summer but occasionally in the winter) with swelling under his chin and at both sides of his head to he looks like he has hamster cheeks. It doesn't bother him in anyway they are not painful in him and after a few days they normally go away, though he has been swollen for up to a week before.
He has had numerous tests done at it has turned out to just be allergies to various pollen and plants/grass, i have some anti-inflam medication for him for when it is particularly swollen but mostly i just leave it. Its knows as grass glands/grass mumps and is quite common esp in chestnuts for some reason ( my boy is a chestnut) I dont know if that helps at all but just thought i would share a similar story.
Also on the strangles note, i doubt it is we had a large spread of strangles 2 summers ago at our yard- horrific nightmare luckily my boy managed to stay clear due to isolation and precautionary measures we all took. If it were strangles she would be snotty, lethargic and highly infectious so other horses would be showing similar symptoms.
Heres a brief explanation of what it is i found:
This is the classic example that will worry many people more than it does their horse. Everyone will have seen it at some time, yet it is poorly understood.
Frequently, a horse or pony will be brought in from the field after grazing for some hours with large, firm and usually painless swellings behind the jawbone at the back of the throat, beneath where the throat lash would go. Occasionally, the swelling will be accompanied by some fluid swelling under the skin.
Affected horses can look rather like hamsters and may be reluctant to work with their head down on the bit. Such lumps are commonly mistaken for a manifestation of the disease strangles, when in fact they are simply swellings of the parotid salivary glands.
Such swollen glands can vary in size from day to day. They are often linked with particular areas of grazing and are suspected to be a form of allergic reaction.
The glands enlarge after the horse has been out at grass and most return to normal size within 36hr of coming in with no treatment. It helps if such horses, when affected, are fed from a height once they are brought in, to allow any accumulation of fluid to drain down.
There is no need to do anything except have a careful feel of the area to confirm it is just swollen parotid glands.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. - Sir Winston Churchill
Last edited by Kay26; 12-24-2010 at 10:33 AM.