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post #1 of 6 Old 09-28-2012, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Gutteral pouch/nodes swollen

Hi there,
Just moved my horse to a new barn two weeks ago, he's up to date on his vaccinations (yes, he's had the strangles vaccine) but today when I went to the barn I am there most days, the area where his guttural pouch/nodes is swollen.......he has had a change in routine (he used to be an outside horse, now he's in for the night) ......he also has a little bit of water in his poop which seems to be separate from the poop itself. He is lively and seems bright....I'm just wondering if anyone has seen this before, someone at the barn mentioned that it could be a reaction to the air/dust in the barn?
I'm going out tomorrow to check on him and I have the vet coming in a couple of days to float his teeth.....anyone seen this before?


Just of note: since I've moved to this barn he hasn't been very relaxed....

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Ok, just looked at a diagram (I'm rusty) it's the retro pharyngeal lymph node, note the pouch....it's bilateral also...
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Carefully watch his temperature.

Any change should be checked with a CBC blood test and a full serum panel if the CBC is not normal.

If you take his temperature 2X a day, you should be able to catch any infection -- which is what you need to be watching for.

I would also watch for Purpura Hemorrhagica. You can get it from a Strangles Vaccination, from a case of Strangles and from exposure to Strangles.

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Carefully watch his temperature.

Any change should be checked with a CBC blood test and a full serum panel if the CBC is not normal.

If you take his temperature 2X a day, you should be able to catch any infection -- which is what you need to be watching for.

I would also watch for Purpura Hemorrhagica. You can get it from a Strangles Vaccination, from a case of Strangles and from exposure to Strangles.
Oh shoot! I was hoping to hear something better! Crapola! The barn has had outbreaks before, I was hoping my guy would miss it! I know they can still catch it even if they're vaccinated......darn it! Will take temp tomorrow a.m if there is any rise I will call vet.....of course, an out of hours visit!
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If the swelling is gone after being inside you may want to consider 'grass glands'.
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Well, I went in early today......glands are down, no temperature........phew.....he had them in the morning after being in all night....then he didn't have them this morning after being in all night......mystery illness! I will just keep an eye on him for a while (not that I don't already!)

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