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post #1 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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swelling under belly

hi everyone
This is my first post on here need a bit of advice please
I purchased a 14hands, 18 month old cob filly two days ago, and noticed she has swelling under her belly it seems to be from her belly button right upto her teets, and about 2 to 3 inches across, it seems like fluid not solid. I was waiting to see if it goes down but hasnt seemed to change in size, but im thinking it could be a hernia? Any advice most welcome, apart from this she looks ok ....
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 06:27 PM
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Try to feel the wall of her body through the swelling, if you can feel a hole in the body wall then it's a hernia.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 06:49 PM
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Sounds like a hernia and they can be pretty dangerous if not taken care of. From what I've heard.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-21-2011, 07:39 PM
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also check her hooves and make sure that she hasn't stepped on a nail or something. If a horse gets infection in the lower leg where the skin is tight it can spread up the leg and show up as swelling in the abdomen.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-22-2011, 08:19 AM
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Is this new or was it there before you bought her? Did you have a pre-purchase exam?
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-22-2011, 08:59 AM
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Do you have any pictures? Sounds like a hernia from the discription. If you feel it can you feel a hole in her abdomen where her "belly button" would be? Do you feel anything other than liquid in it, the dangerous part about hernias is the possibility of part of the bowel distending into the pouch on the outside. We've had one hernia over the years when a mare stood up too fast, caught it early and the filly wore a tennis ball taped to it and it closed on it's own. If it is a hernia at your filly's age & the size described it will need surgical repair.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-22-2011, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone for ur replys
I did feel under her belly can't feel a hole by her belly button, but it was making me worried so I called the vet, vet says not a hernia , she said looks like it could be a bite or sting, but could even be a sarcoid, she gave me anti-biotics and cream, and a bill of £148, seems a bit much but im so happy it wasnt a hernia, fingers crossed its just a bite or sting

I havent been able to have a good look at her feet because she will not let me pick her feet up, but they look like they are white underneath, I don't think she has been messed with much, ill have to get the blacksmith out in a couple of days after I spend a few days trying to pick her feet up.

Thanks again everyone
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