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    07-08-2013, 02:34 PM
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Foal
Just Not Sure (Swollen Leg) *pics*

So I bring my horse into the barn on Wednesday to get her monthly trim. I go to pick her feet (because the farrier was running late, and I think it's courteous to do. Lol ) I notice her left hind leg is swollen around the cannon area. (This is my first horse, so do forgive my complete ignorance!) She was walking fine, wasn't very tender about it, etc. It did have a little heat coming off of it. Her leg does have a section of hair missing about like it would look if a hoof had connected with her leg. Her pasture mate is very bossy and kicks/bites at her anyway, so this isn't really a surprise.

So the farrier, barn owner, barn owner's other farriers, and another boarder have concluded that it is simply a kick. It is swollen, and requires 15 minutes of cold water run over it every day.

That was Wednesday. It's been about 5 days now. I've run cold water over it for 15 minutes 1-2 times a day. I've even tried cold compresses in wraps for 15 minutes while supervised. Nothing seems to help the swelling. She doesn't seem to be in pain. She still walks, trots, and acts normal. I've asked if I should call the vet out, and I seem to be getting a "it's not a big deal" or "there's nothing you can do but let it heal on its own" response. I was wondering...

I don't know. It just seems like if it were getting better, it'd have gone down a little after 5 days?

Pictures included. Thoughts, please! I went ahead and called to see when the vet would be available. I can't get a vet out here until Friday at the earliest. :/

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    07-08-2013, 02:45 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Yes get the vet out. Cellulitis is a very threatening condition which requires aggressive treatment. Not saying this is what it is but it is a very real worry.
     
    07-08-2013, 02:54 PM
  #3
Foal
My horse had Cellulitis, not fun that's for sure. If you'd like the details, I'll give them to you, but it a long thing to type.

On the other hand, she could be stocked up, I've had horses hold on to it for quite some time. Granted, I'd still have the vet out, especially after five days. And when my horse had Cellulitis, it came on quick and he HURT big time.
     
    07-08-2013, 02:58 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by DiamondK    
My horse had Cellulitis, not fun that's for sure. If you'd like the details, I'll give them to you, but it a long thing to type.

On the other hand, she could be stocked up, I've had horses hold on to it for quite some time. Granted, I'd still have the vet out, especially after five days. And when my horse had Cellulitis, it came on quick and he HURT big time.
Not familiar with this term. "stocked up" :o

I have looked up cellulitis after you and another member had mentioned it. It kind of looks similar, but she doesn't have any of the symptoms except the swollen leg. It isn't hot, or tender. She doesn't seem like it hurts her very much. She's eating fine and not running a fever.

Not sure what I can do until Friday, then. :/ I'm going to see if I can make an appointment for her to be seen. Hopefully the swelling will go down, but I'm going to try to have them come out- just in case. I'll continue to cold-hose it.
     
    07-08-2013, 03:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Note: Not trying to disprove anyone or anything like that. Just trying to add more information, and I might have accidentally become a little frustrated toward the end of typing. Not directed at anyone. Just in general!! :) Sorry if I came off as snippy.
     
    07-08-2013, 03:36 PM
  #6
Foal
Your not coming off 'snippy' at all! So no worries there!
I highly doubt it's Cellulitis, mainly because she's in good spirits. It was a painful mess when my boy had his bout.

This (Question of the Week: Stocking Up) is a pretty good description of being stocked up. It does sound like she's getting ample movement, though. How long is she turned out for?
     
    07-08-2013, 03:44 PM
  #7
Trained
Could also be a broken or chipped splint bone.

Regardless of what it is, yes you should make an appointment with a vet to have her looked at. It doesn't need to be an emergency call, but try to get the vet out within this week.
With something that has stayed inflamed for over 5 days, there is a possibility of moderate tissue damage leading to potential lameness, and there is also a possibility of infection.
Were this cellulitis, by day 5 the horse would have laid down and died with a hairless leg. As well she would have a very high fever, be listless and not be eating/drinking/pooping. The horses I've known to have it, without extreme veterinary intervention have lasted about 3 days in severe pain before sepsis and subsequent euthanasia. In short - you would have noticed.

Good luck!
     
    07-08-2013, 03:47 PM
  #8
Foal
She is on 24/7 pasture. (Mostly because she will tear down any stall door that keeps her from her precious outdoors! )

But I don't really think she moves around a lot in her pasture, so it'd make some sense. I did some googling, and it was noted that "stocking up" is bilateral and would only happen in both back limbs.

Surely, it could happen in just one though, right??
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    07-08-2013, 03:48 PM
  #9
Started
I would definitely get the vet out. If after 5 days it's still swollen, it needs to be looked at. I had a horse that ended up with a cut on his leg, and while I thought it was a puncture, being new to horses I asked a trainer at the barn, and she said it wasn't a puncture, was just a cut, to clean it up, and wrap it. Next day, came out, leg was almost 3x the size of her other leg, had MY trainer look at it, who agreed it was a puncture, told me what to do. So after a few days, it still wasn't better so I called the vet out. Good thing I did, because she had two big pockets of infection on the top and bottom of the site, whatever she punctured herself with had hit the bone, and it definitely wasn't going to get better on its own. He had a huge concern that surgery would be required and part of the bone removed because of infection. Fortunately that wasn't necessary and after a few weeks, antibiotics, and LOTS of cleaning, she healed up. Trainers are great but they are human, and they aren't always right. Keep us updated.
     
    07-08-2013, 03:51 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Could also be a broken or chipped splint bone.

Regardless of what it is, yes you should make an appointment with a vet to have her looked at. It doesn't need to be an emergency call, but try to get the vet out within this week.
With something that has stayed inflamed for over 5 days, there is a possibility of moderate tissue damage leading to potential lameness, and there is also a possibility of infection.
Were this cellulitis, by day 5 the horse would have laid down and died with a hairless leg. As well she would have a very high fever, be listless and not be eating/drinking/pooping. The horses I've known to have it, without extreme veterinary intervention have lasted about 3 days in severe pain before sepsis and subsequent euthanasia. In short - you would have noticed.

Good luck!
ROFL. Glad to know it's not that, then!
Thanks. C:
     

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