Friend, that I sold my mare to, e-mailed me today, saying that mare had mastitis, infected gland and fever, then swelling of 2 legs, now all 4.
What could cause this?
I don't know if they called vet, she doesn't say anything.
I am not quite sure what mastitis means in english, but if it is what I think( bacterial infection and inflammation of the udder?), than they should hand milke udder frequently to reduce the swelling and pressure. That is the first step, but mare should also be given antibiotics, so best is to call a vet!
I haven't had experience with Mastitis in horses but I have a few times with cows. Mastitis is a bacterial infection and can be caused by bacteria that already lives in the udder or by bacteria that has entered the body. Mastitis can form if she has been laying in a wet enviroment with feces,(like a stall) a perfect enviroment for bacteria to grow.
Its been a while but I think I had to run the cow through the chute and milk her out everyday, which is difficult because it is painful and the milk curdles. I had to take a tiet pin to unclog her. Also I had her antibiotics. I am not a vet but the cows survived with sloughing off any quarters, so it must of worked! Lol!
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