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post #1 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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Lump/mass on chest! Urgent!!

My friend found a lump on her mare's chest. It's low on her chest, almost in between in front legs. It's about two inches long, oblong shaped, sticks out about an inch. It's firm put fairly mobile. Painful and hot [not warm, hot]. It's new, my friend swears it wasn't there yesterday.

Our best guesses are; she laid down with her newly shod feet [hadn't had shoes in awhile] pressing into her chest and it caused a lump, or she rubbed/smacked it on her grain feeder [possibly because of the fungus on her chest?] but that's all we've got. I called my vet and he said he wouldn't think cancer at all seeing how suddenly it popped up, and to cold-hose and give her Bute for a few days, and that he didn't think it was something worth calling a vet out for an "emergency."

My friend is going to continue this therapy for a few days and see if it goes away before she has a vet out. I just wanted to know what your thoughts were? Any ideas? Any at all? She's really concerned, anything you can suggest or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 04:19 AM
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It looks like a cyst to me. I haven't looked around online for the answer, but that's a possibility.

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post #3 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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That was one of the things thrown around. We're hoping we caught whatever it is early enough that it can just go away on its own [with the help of cold water and Bute], and that a vet doesn't need to come out and drain it. =|

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post #4 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 05:17 AM
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My friend's WB gets a mass like that after he gets vaccinations. Has she had any vaccinations or anything used on her chest?
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 06:29 AM
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has the horse had and shots in that area in the last few days?

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Nope, no shots. That's what my vet asked too. In general, Velvet's doing fine; she's eating, pooping, etc. And she's not vicious about not letting you touch it, but she does move away. The more you manipulate it the faster she moves away.

She does get sprayed with Miratek? It's something for the fungus she gets on her chest, could that be related? Maybe not the Miratek stuff, but the fungus in general? Apparently it's typical for her to get, but it's worse this time than before. It's on her chest, and had gotten down into her armpits. Maybe?

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post #7 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 11:02 AM
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Sounds like a hematoma, if it is hot to touch I would be concerned about infection. Could very likely be caused by her pinching her chest between her hooves when she was trying to lie down or get up.

Check for any puncture wounds near the lump which would be your entry site for bacteria. Since it is sore and hot to touch I think you should have a vet come and look at it. Hematomas are usually not serious unless they become infected. If they do become infected there is a risk the infection can become systemic as there is access to the circulatory system from the vessel leakage, this is a serious complication.

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post #8 of 17 Old 05-26-2010, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Do you think a warm compress would help draw out things? I'm not sure how to make it work, put would applying a poultice of sorts be enough to help draw it out?

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One of my geldings had a bump that looked just like that in the exact same place about a month ago. I cold hosed it and it went away within 3 days. I guessed a kick maybe.
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Thank you, that's definitely reassuring. =]

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