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    04-25-2011, 11:59 AM
Inside of Mouth and Tongue Very Red

I noticed last night that the inside of my horses mouth, mainly underside of lips and tongue (not the gums though) were very red. Over the past 6wks or so his eating habits have changed and he's dropped some weight even. He has been taking a bite of hay, chewing it, twisting his head like he's choking and then spitting the hay out. He is eating his grain fine and grazing fine so it can't be choke or an obstruction. His teeth were floated recently enough that I know that wouldn't be affecting his chewing ability. I did notice that he urinated two times in about 30min which is very unusual.

We did get new hay (orchard - which he's had most of his 21 yrs of life) so I don't know if there is a strange weed in it that he doesn't like or if there is something else going on. I tried to give him some of the leftover hay from before that he was eating, and he's not really eating that either. I hate to call the vet out unless I have to because it just costs SO much money.

I'm thinking some sort of allergy? The excessive urination has me a little concerned though. He spends a lot of time (usually 8am-8pm) outside so it's hard to tell exactly how much he's urinating because he may be going outside and not in his stall.

Any thoughts??
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    04-25-2011, 02:36 PM

Could you post some pictures of the inside of his mouth pics would be helpful.
Not sure what it is but him losing weight isnt a good thing,you might need to call a vet forums is a helpfull place but this might be beyond our helping. Have you taken his temp to see if he has a fever is his manure normal just some things to check. Could you put him in a stall for several hours to see how much he is peeing and how much he's drinking if either are on the high side he might need a vets help.If he's peeing alot and not drinking enough he could become dehydraded that could cause other problems.
    04-25-2011, 02:38 PM
Have you dewormed him recently? (Not thinking he has a worm issue, wondering if he had a reaction to a dewormer.)
    04-25-2011, 03:06 PM
It is a toxicity issue - too many possible causes to name. Get the vet out sooner than later.
    04-25-2011, 03:13 PM
Yikes... yeah I'd said call the vet out. As hurtful as it would be to ones wallet :/ his symptoms don't seem to sound too good...
    04-25-2011, 03:14 PM
He does stay in overnight usually as I'm trying to get him to eat hay to put some weight on. It does seem like his pee spot is bigger than usual. The barn owner said he didn't drink any water overnight either. Have not wormed him recently..back in Feb. I'm really worried about cushings being a possibilty. Every year for the past two years he has gotten a thicker and longer coat than ever before..but he does shed it out so it may just be because he's getting older.

He just doesn't seem happy. Seems to be okay outside, but not himself. I've been giving him corn oil to try and help with his weight and he's as shiny as could be so his coat is in good shape, feet are good. He is eating the same grain he's been on for the past several years. So I don't know. I'm getting a little worried.
    04-25-2011, 03:26 PM

I would get the vet out I know its hard on the pocket book but if he's not himself he need a good checkup from the vet. Don't put off calling the vet for much longer he very well could have cushing even though he still sheds out.
Keep us updated on how it goes best of luck.
    04-25-2011, 03:44 PM
The vet is coming tomorrow morning. Luckily the other boarder decided to go ahead and have vaccines done so at the least the barn call will be split! I've had him for 16yrs and he's never seem depressed like this before. He's fluctuated a few times over the years with weight, but never this red mouth, depression/lethargic, excess urination to go along with it...
    04-25-2011, 03:59 PM
He's still got some years left on him, but I really hope that he will be okay - since he is a little old.. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, love.
    04-25-2011, 05:06 PM

Let us know what the vet finds out hope he gets feeling better soon.spirit88

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