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  • Grass glands in stabled horse
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    04-25-2012, 12:34 PM
Guttural pouch condition?

My 5 year old gelding has had chipmunk cheeks on and off for several months. It was suspected to be allergies since his brother has had the same issues. My vet (equine specialist) said today that Remy is sucking air into his guttural pouches when he eats, which is why it comes and goes. There's no infection and according to my vet no danger.

Anyone ever have a similar issue? I can't seem to find any info on this - other than what normally affects foals (which requires surgery to fix). The conditions I read about seem severe and none seem to address our particular issue....
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    04-25-2012, 12:42 PM
Green Broke
Most often a guttural pouch infection is accompanied by a bloody nose to some degree. It is diagnosed with a special scope. It is a serious condition which would require specific treatments.
Is the swelling around on the cheeks &/or around the jowls where a throat latch would be? Does the swelling appear after your horse has been on grass? Does it go down after he is off grass for a few hours? Is it not painful to touch?
    04-25-2012, 03:03 PM
The swelling starts maybe an inch or two beneath his ear and goes directly down the jaw line. It apparently starts while he's eating, then the swelling goes away after a few hours. He's on dry lot so basically there's no pasture.
    04-25-2012, 03:04 PM
I forgot to add there's no nose bleed or other nasal discharge, no discomfort or distress, no foul odors or bad breath...
    04-25-2012, 03:24 PM
Green Broke
It sounds like 'grass glands' except he is not on grass. Grass glands is an allergic reaction to a kind of fungus that grows on certain grasses under certain conditions & it only effects horses that are reactive to it.
I know because I have one. We had a heck of a time finding out what it was. Mine is only one of two horses ever diagnosed with it in Wisconsin. 3 very experienced vets had no idea what it was but a vet at the University of Wisconsin Vet School did.
I don't think it is found on hay but I could be wrong. It is more common in the NE USA & in the UK.
It doesn't appear to have any adverse effect on the horse except it looks bad.
Mine is helped by giving antihistamines before turning out on grass.
Maybe try doing more research & see what you can come up with. Please let me know if you find out anything new. Thanks
    04-25-2012, 05:58 PM
Allergies seem to make more sense, especially since I can't seem to find any additional information. He's puffed up before due to smoke (we had very scary forest fire close to our barn last year). This can't be common otherwise I'd find something - but I've just started looking. And I'm not a vet, so what do I know?

Thanks for your input - I'm going to look up your horse's condition and compare - if anything interesting come up I'll post it.
    04-25-2012, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
I took this from an article & will post the link for you.

Some immune mediated conditions are mild enough not to require treatment. An example of this is allergic parotiditis or ‘grass glands’. This is a condition commonly seen in horses out at grass where an unknown allergen encountered by the horse results in bilateral swelling of the parotid salivary glands behind the angle of the jaw. This can look quite alarming but causes the horse no discomfort and resolves rapidly and spontaneously once the horse is stabled.

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