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    10-25-2009, 08:38 PM
Green Broke
Sheath area swelling up? UPDATE????

Just last week I noticed that Thunder's sheath area (specifically the "sack" area) was a bit enlarged than normal...not much, but I could tell. Then yesterday I went to the barn and noticed that it was slightly larger and one side more than another. He was uncomfortable being ridden and seemed to be having an attitude of sorts...which I am assuming it's because something was uncomfortable. I worked him a bit and noticed a bit of the swelling went down, but not much. So after our 1 hour light walk, trot circling workout, I cleaned it. He seemed to be very relaxed and enjoyed it. He has not had any issues with urinating or drinking water. Actually he has always been an awesome water drinker. Today, the swelling seemed to have gone down a bit more, however, still abnormal. What can this be from? I am going to give it some more time to see what happens, but we're wondering if it's an allergic reaction maybE? His face isn't swollen and he's eating fine, temp was normal as well.
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    10-25-2009, 08:45 PM
Edema maybe? That would be my next guess since he's clean
    10-25-2009, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
What's edema?
    10-25-2009, 08:59 PM
It's a pooling of fluid, and will 'pool' at the lowest points on the body. It can be the result of an injury or poor circulation. It's typical for geldings/studs sheath to have edema, and in mares bags for whatever reason named above. My mare had edema in her bag from being overweight and not working.

I thought possibly edema as you said after you worked him it appeared to go down some
    10-25-2009, 09:10 PM
Green Broke
Oh ok :) that makes sense. The BO and my trainer said to work him more and it should help. Now I know why :) Thanks!
    10-25-2009, 09:34 PM
Also you may want to check him for a bean, he may be irritated . Popeye sheath is always huge, he has more tests done on him, than anybody, perfectly normal for him let me see if I can dig up a picture , everyone thinks he is proud cut but..always that way......
    10-25-2009, 09:39 PM
Green Broke
I checked for a bean yesterday when cleaning, there was nothing. Thanks!
    10-25-2009, 10:08 PM
My gelding got that from an allergic reaction to the bedding. You really have to becareful with that, it could possibly get to the point he looses circulation. My vet was telling me about a gelding who got kicked while his penis was out, it got so swollen they had to cut part of it off!
    10-25-2009, 10:18 PM
Green Broke
Oh my!!!!!!! That's awful!!! I'll keep an eye on it for sure thanks guys :)
    10-25-2009, 10:26 PM
My vet suggested a cortisone topical on the area.

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