My mares cheeks swell up every once in a while. I was concerned because she gets blood clots in her neck (which are very serious) and her neck swells when that happens. However, when she gets blood clots she stops eating and acts lethargic, and she was acting fine, so I didn't think that was it. I called my vet anyway. He asked if it was her neck AND her cheeks or just her cheeks, and I told him it was just her cheeks. He told me she probably just banged it on something. He told me to put some DMSO on it and to call him if the swelling hadn't gone down in a few days (or got worse). A few days later, she looked perfectly fine.
However... this KEEPS happening. It happens every couple of months. I find it hard to believe she's hurting herself that much... She's not an unintelligent horse.
And this last time it happened, the swelling wouldn't go down. Her cheeks are still a little swollen, and it's been over a week. It's so swollen that her halter leaves an indent on it (and I ONLY have it on when I'm walking her from her stall to the pasture and back) There's no wound or scrape or anything on the cheek. She's eating and acting normally. I've even ridden her several times (my bridle has no throatlatch) and it didn't affect it at all. She last had her teeth done in June, and my vet said they looked really good.
It looks like this (although this picture was taken when she DID have a blood clot, so just ignore the little bit of swollen neck you can see): Mystique on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Has anybody had this problem, or have any idea what it might be?
Another quick question...
She also has a lump under her jaw. It's pretty centered (both from her throat to her lips, and from one side of her face to the other). It's not hot and she has no other symptoms (other than the swollen cheeks, but I don't know if that's related). Any ideas? Should I have my vet check it, or do you think it's just a fat lump? She already has two other fat lumps - one pretty big one in front of her udder, and one smallish one on her hindquarters (near her thigh).
Thanks so much in advance.