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  • Swelling in throat latch area with no nasal drainage

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    01-02-2013, 09:52 PM
Well, it appears we may well have been right. Went to the vet this am, he did blood work and a good "once over". Still no fever, blood work was quite normal - with white cells just slightly elevated. No nasal drainage, but swelling increasing in throat latch area.
Vet's thought was that we are just at the beginning stages. Most likely Strangles, perhaps a version of Pigeon Fever. I've isolated him and grabbed a quick vaccine for my other two, although it may be too late if they've been exposed.
As for now, he's on a bit of Banamine and only time will tell!
Gotta love a good, nasty case of Strangles.... NOT! Although Strangles isn't fun, it's a whole lot better than something that's life-threatening!

Thanks for your input and sluething skills!
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    01-02-2013, 10:05 PM
Glad to see you had a vet check him out!
    01-08-2013, 04:28 PM
Still having issues. Found a small bite that looks like a spider. Still no fever, no nasal drainage, but he's going downhill. Headed to the vet, again....:(
    01-08-2013, 04:40 PM
Oh no! Let us know what they say! Hopefully its not something too bad....
    01-08-2013, 04:50 PM
Fingers are crossed all will be ok!
    01-08-2013, 09:44 PM
OK... so we went back to the vet again today. Vet is still a little stumped. He's swollen and hard as a rock just under his right jowel, found a small scab there yesterday - picked it and it looks JUST like a spider bite. Vet still thinks it may be strangles, or maybe even pigeon fever... or maybe a reaction to what is perhaps a spider bite. Either way, he's getting dehydrated and still isn't eating. We cultured the little bit of drainage (which smells like toe jam, mustard and vinegar mixed together... yea, it's bad....) so hopefully that will shed some light. Still no fever, no nasal drainage, just a very depressed, miserable boy that can't seem to eat or drink. He's getting loaded up on IV fluids and antibiotics as I type.

He'll be staying at the Hyatt for a few days... keep your fingers crossed!
    01-08-2013, 11:28 PM
Poor guy! :( Hope y'all can figure out what's wrong and get him well again!
    01-08-2013, 11:34 PM
Not an abcessed tooth?

chewing difficulty, horse not eating, swollen glands

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