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    05-08-2012, 02:08 PM
need advice on a bump on my horse's neck

2 weeks ago (Tuesday 4/24) now we noticed a bump on Hunter's neck, about the size of the palm of a hand. It was not painful or hot, and he was still acting himself. We assumed it was an insect bite because oftentimes he has fairly bad reactions to them (mainly ticks). First thing I did was look for a tick or bee stinger and found nothing out of the ordinary.

That Friday (4/27) it still had not gone down so I called the vet. He was out the next Tuesday (5/1) and thought it was an abscess- it was mostly firm and soft in a "center spot." After lancing it, a little fluid drained. Vet prescribed bute and tucoprim for 3-5 days. By Friday (5/4) it had not drained at all but some of the swelling had slightly migrated towards the front of his neck, so I called the vet back and he suggested upping the bute (Hunter was on 1g/feeding and bumped him up to 2g).

This Sunday (5/6)it seemed to be getting a bit smaller, but was still fairly large. Called the vet back and he now thinks it may be a granuloma. After doing a little research and searching around the forum, I realized there's not a whole lot of information on it (at least that I can really understand).

Has anyone ever dealt with this? I'm not sure what to do.. It still is not bothering him, nor does it have any heat, it's just still fairly large and obvious and it really bothers me!

Here are a few pictures from 4/30 (last Monday). It's the bigger spot near the bottom of his neck, ignore the bump right near his mane, that's from a tick and it's gone now! I'm not sure why I can't find the pictures I took the first day I noticed it. But I will try to take some more today.

Any advice or thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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    05-08-2012, 10:36 PM
Anyone?? I'm at a loss as to what to do...
    05-08-2012, 10:43 PM
Sorry, no advice here other than I too thought it was from an insect bite or allergic reaction. Never heard of a granuloma.

But, I would be interested to know why the vet had you up his bute? What was that supposed to do? I thought bute was just for pain.
    05-08-2012, 10:50 PM
I have no suggestions other then your same thoughts, bite, or reaction to something, my first mare a TB once broke out in a bunch of bumps like that but all over her body under her blanket, she was shaved and I had washed her blanket and I guess it didn't rinse enough and she had a reaction to the detergent, it REALLY freaked me out though.. It went down after a week and a bath.

No case you used a new product?

Sorry not really anything else I can think of! Best of luck hopefully you can figure it out and soon!

Bute is for pain and decreases swelling (anti-inflammatory), so that is the reason the vet would suggest upping the dose!
    05-08-2012, 10:53 PM
Thanks, JJ. I wasn't aware of that.
    05-08-2012, 10:56 PM
Your welcome, We learn something new every day :) we stop learning when we are dead ;)
    05-08-2012, 11:03 PM
I had not used anything new on him.. But we had another horse that had a similar, though larger, bump on his back from a spider bite so we're thinking that may be the cause. The other horse's went down after a few days of meds and TLC, though Hunter's isn't...
    07-25-2012, 04:35 PM
Hi I was wondering how you got on with your horse as I have one the the same thing
It is hard at the sides and a soft pit in the middle. To describe it a little better it looks
Like 2 D's back to back and the soft bit is like a line in between them.
    07-26-2012, 08:48 AM
There is still a slight bump but its pretty much gone now. It does not bother him at all. Originally the vet lanced it thinking it was an abscess but after a while of it not changing he decided it was probably a granuloma.

If the bump is soft in the middle its probably an abscess. Have a vet check it out and they will probably lance it to let it drain. I couldn't tell you about the line in it, though...
    07-26-2012, 04:51 PM
Thank you for the reply it has gone down on my horse now. I think it was a reaction
To some thing in her food as I had changed it. My vet is coming out tomorrow to check her over.Thanks again

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