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post #1 of 6 Old 06-22-2008, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Huge Hematoma HELP

My horse came up to the barn to eat monday morning last week and he had a huge hematoma on his right hip. I've iced it morning and night for a week and he's been getting bute for a week and it has not changed one bit. Does any one have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2008, 10:21 PM
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Wow, if you've been icing it and giving bute for a week with no change, unfortunately, I'd say it's time to call the vet. It could be that he has some injury to his bone. I wouldn't keep him on bute w/out seeing some improvement. Other than that, I have no ideas.
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Haematomas will take a while to go down - the body has to absorb all the escaped blood. This can take a long time if the haemtoma is ratherlarge. There is always the chance that the haematoma is still slowly bleeding which would explain why it isn't getting smaller. Call the vet if you're worried - just a phone call will reassure you and the vet can tell you if he thinks a visit is necessary.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-23-2008, 12:10 AM
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Re: Huge Hematoma HELP

Originally Posted by pumpkinpie709
My horse came up to the barn to eat monday morning last week and he had a huge hematoma on his right hip. I've iced it morning and night for a week and he's been getting bute for a week and it has not changed one bit. Does any one have any suggestions?
They re-absorb but my concern is you feel that it really hasn't gone down at all or maybe has even increased in size I would be concerned that it is still bleeding. Getting a vet out to drain it and take a look might be a good idea.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-23-2008, 12:57 AM
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When I got Hoove, he had a goose-egg sized one on his chest. I used a tightening liniment on it, one with mint to cool and soothe...the kind you use on strained muscles. It took over two weeks to disappear entirely, and didn't really start to go down until after the first week.

He did scab a little from the liniment, but it healed with no effects.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-23-2008, 09:26 AM
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I would get a vet out to see what they say. When I bought April she had one on her but and it jiggled. The seller had had a vet out (and had paperwork to prove it) and the vet suggested letting it go down on its own unless it didnt improve. He said that opening it up to drain it could potentially cause infection and since she wasnt in the show pen or anything to just let it do its course. it took a month or two but it went away...just looked funny. But every situation is different so i would call a vet.

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