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post #1 of 12 Old 10-18-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation lump on mares chest??

this lump showed up on my mare's chest yesterday morning or afternoon, because the night before it wasnt there. She shows no signs of hurting or pain. The lump is kinda soft and its not draining. What might anybody think it could be. (I have not got a vet to see her yet cause money is tight right now, but if it gets any bigger or harder, Ill get a vet out to my barn.)
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-18-2012, 07:39 PM
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Pigeon Fever, a regular abscess or a hematoma perhaps?
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pigeon fever? What is that, never heard of it

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-18-2012, 07:43 PM
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pigeon fever? What is that, never heard of it
Try Googling it. It causes abscesses. It is actually called pigeon fever because of the tendency for them to abscess on the chest like that.

Hopefully it's just an injury and not anything contagious. I believe pigeon fever is spread by biting flies.
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I see you are in NC. I don't know if you guys have it there or not.

I am in Arizona and it has happened in our area before (although knock-on-wood I have never had a horse get it).

It seems common in CA and TX according to Google.
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I hope its not pigeon fever its sounds bad and looks bad

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Well have you taken her temp? If her temp is high I would be calling a vet. If her temp is normal then it's possible that she just got kicked.

Pigeon fever will require a vet. Strangles has abcesses too, usually not there.

It's really the best spot for a kick.
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i hope its not pigeon fever its sounds bad and looks bad
You might want to call a vet and find out if it's in your state. If not, then it's likely something like an injury. Me personally, I would have a vet check it anyway because they can stick a needle in it and find out if it's blood or pus and treat accordingly.
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Well have you taken her temp?
Good thinking there Poppy! Why didn't I think of that?
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-18-2012, 07:59 PM
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Good thinking there Poppy! Why didn't I think of that?
Hehe it's always the easy answers we never think of.
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