This is about my very close friend's horse.
He is a 24-26 year old arabian gelding. Last tuesday he developed a swelling in the tip of his sheath and it looked like there had been a pool ball stuck in it. She gave him some bute for the swelling to see if it would go down a little. She checked his temperature later and it was 103. Then later on that night they went to check him and she said he was sweating so hard and they checked his temp and his temp was back at 99. Since he was sweating they put a cooling sheet on him so he wouldn't freeze.
That same night he was eating and drinking normally but he couldn't rest his back feet she said. And she also said he was breathing pretty heavily. She stayed in the barn with him for a while(actually fell asleep in a lawn chair) He also developed an edema under his belly.
The next day they kept him in his stall due to bad weather and checked his temp. It was still at 99. She had called the vet and left a message waiting for them to get back to her. When she checked again his sheath was still swollen and when he peed it was an orangy color(highly concentrated) so thinking he wasn't drinking she gave him electrolytes to make him drink. The vet called back and told her to put him on the antibiotics that she has for her other horse(he's on the antibiotics because sometimes gets nose bleeds after work during warm days due to a condition he has) for 4 days and see waht happens. She was able to get an appt for tomorrow because the vet was on holiday in with family for christmas/new years.
Since wednesday he's been eating and drinking like normal and his temp was fine. But his edemas got worse on his belly.
So today she texted me a picture and the tip of his sheath is swollen bigger than her hand. And she said after 4 days on antibiotics his sheath had gotten larger and today they didn't give him bute in the morning and his temperature shot right back up to 103 so they gave him something to try to bring it down. She also said today he only ate like 5 bites of grain and wont eat his hay or even look like he's going to try. She said the edema under his belly feels like a posturpedic matress when you press it you can feel as the liquid slowly disperses and the even more slowly refills.
She just checked his temp about 5 mins ago and it came down to 100.9. She said he's breathing a bit harder than normal but not bad and he was sweating like a pig when they went out. I told her to check his pulse rate but she didn't know how but she said she knows it's gotta be elevated because she can see it in his neck.
Also over the passed say month or so he seems to have lost a good deal of muscle mass, he still has fat but in her words "he looks like a rescue case" because since there's no muscle it looks like everyhting just kind of sunk.
Could this have anything to do with his heart? That's what she's the most worried about right now. Her vet is coming out tomorrow morning. That's the only vet her family trusts hense why they waited until she was home from holiday. Her mom is not making it better by telling her that they'll probably be putting him down tomorrow. Her mom is stressing her out and I'm just trying to see if anyone has any input about this that may eleviate her stress a little.
I have pictures that she texted me of his sheath when the swelling first started and today from when it got worse. I'll post them on request if you believe you need to see them.