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post #1 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Strange lump on forearm

He has this strange swelling on his forearm for some time now, maybe two months. We thought that this was a swelling from a fight in the pasture so we just massage the area and hose the leg with cold water. Usually this is enough and the swelling will disappear in a week or two. But this shows no signs whatsoever.

The vet came two days ago to x-ray the leg to see if it was something serious. He believed that it could be a case of Osteosarcoma but luckily it was not the case.

So he said that it's indeed a swelling from a hit. The place is very hard and firm, it's not soft at all. And the horse doesn't seem to be in pain at all, you can touch and massage the place with no problems. He can gallop with no problems.

The vet said that we should give him 10 ml of bute for 8 days and walk him everyday with or without the saddle. Do you think that the treatment is ok? Do you have opinions or advices for treating this?

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 05:43 PM
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I think that giving him an anti inflammatory like bute will help with the swelling a bit, and movement will be good. I would also keep up with massaging it every day unless the vet said to leave it alone. If theres any scar tissue forming, massaging it will help break up the scar tissue, and also help the healing process.
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I think that giving him an anti inflammatory like bute will help with the swelling a bit, and movement will be good. I would also keep up with massaging it every day unless the vet said to leave it alone. If theres any scar tissue forming, massaging it will help break up the scar tissue, and also help the healing process.
Agree totally-works with people too. We also get bad bruises that turn to a "hard lump" for a period of time. Massage is great for it. One of my MD's told me to use one of those "female toys"......they work great! (I had a bad bruise on my face from a horsey accident)Breaks up the scar tissue.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-07-2010, 06:47 PM
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Although your horses swelling is much larger than my horse's is, they sound similar because my horse is in no pain at all whenever I apply a lot of pressure. We figured the wound was from a horse fly bite. It's been there since the begging of summer and has showed no signs of retrieving. If it is indeed a horse fly bite something like Penicillin might be necessary if it's an infection. Be very cautious when giving penicillin shots one wrong hit and it could kill your horse.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-09-2010, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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thank you all for the responses. We will continue with the treatment at see if the swelling will disappear as time goes by. For the moment the horse is in no pain whatsoever so this is a great thing.

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