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    11-27-2009, 10:21 PM
Lump on the Neck?

Hi. Before I start, let me say that the vet is coming. But he's not coming until next week and I'm trying to do some research in the meantime to give me something to do so I don't go crazy.

Ziggy has a lump on the right side of his neck, where it meets his jaw. It's been there for a while, but was very small and the vet didn't seem too worried this summer. But in the past 2 weeks it's been growing, and it's almost tennis ball sized. It's rock hard but he doesn't mind when we touch it/poke it.

Here's a brief history: Ziggy is a 6 year old Mustang that came off the "range" this Spring. He is up to date on his vaccinations and wormings - probably for the first time in his life. His fall vaccinations were given on 10/31. He has spent the past two months at the trainers. There was a filly who came down with pigeon fever, but they had no contact with each other & none of the other horses have shown symptoms. He has no other "sick" symptoms - no fever, runny nose, behavior change, lethargy, etc.

Any ideas? I'm not even sure what to google right now... Thanks in advance! He just came home and seeing it is making the weekend seem like a very long time to wait, even if he is acting normally.
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    11-27-2009, 11:15 PM
Some horses get benign tumors on sensitive skinned areas like neck/head and under the tail, so that might be it, but it's definitely a good you're having your vet out.
    11-28-2009, 02:36 PM
Okay. Thank you! It's so hard waiting... I hope it's just a benign tumor.
    11-28-2009, 02:39 PM
I really hope so too, but you'll find out soon, one way or another, so that's a small blessing.
    11-29-2009, 08:56 PM
Well, the area you describe has two glands right in it's vicinity. There should be (please check me on this) salivary glands, and I think under that or very nearby, lymph nodes...
I am not saying it is either of these but,and they likely would not be rock-hard...they might get quite firm, but I cannot remember them getting that size either...Best of luck to you..
    11-29-2009, 10:37 PM
It's a very common site for beign tumours. However it sounds like it's growing very quickly at the moment. ANY chance he could have a grass seed or other foreign body that has worked it's way in there? Orten they can enter through the mouth and down through the gum, resulting in a lovely big absess under the jaw which are also very solid. We've just had to drop a horse and have it drained and cut due to one of these absesses because it kept recurring.
    11-29-2009, 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
... ANY chance he could have a grass seed or other foreign body that has worked it's way in there? Orten they can enter through the mouth and down through the gum, resulting in a lovely big absess under the jaw which are also very solid. ....
As stated above, (and I am not a vet) the salivary gland CAN get food or other in it, and it can swell and get quite hard. Simply keep an eye for pain, or further problems, and the Vet should be of great assistance to you.
Obviously, if anything else pops up, tell the vet right then...
Let us know how this turns out...
    11-29-2009, 10:52 PM
Yep Loosewolf that's where this boy got a seed stuck. Only noticed because he was tossing his head, then got a small lump which stayed there for months, then it started to grow rapidly and after 3 months we're still having to drain it reguarly! Neck lumps are buggers to get rid of!
    07-24-2010, 02:12 PM
I hope everything worked out ok with your horse. I have a three month old foal and she has a lump on the side of her neck. I thought it was a bee sting, if does not seem to bother her. It has been there for four days and has reduced in size slightly. She is in good health and seems like everything is ok. Should I be worried about this? Thank you for any reply.
    07-24-2010, 02:30 PM
My horse had something like this a while ago when my barn first rescued him. He had gotten a piece of grain stuck in his mouth and a piece of bone-like material grew around it. He had to have it surgically removed. He still has the scar... Maybe I'll get a picture for you next time I go out.

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