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    09-15-2010, 07:30 PM
Swollen Glands

Hey everyone,
My 10 year old Arab mare has swollen glands from under her ears right down to her throatlatch. She is not displaying any weird behaviour, is eating, drinking and defacating. She does not have any nasal or eye discharge. She is absolutely normal despite the swellings.
I have asked around and some have mentioned "grass glands"...we have had a lot of rain here, there is new growth grass which is high in sugar this time of year. Perhaps a starch/sugar overload.
Does anyone have experience with this or can suggest anything else?

She has been swollen for a few days, if it persists much more I will consult a vet.
Thank you!
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    09-15-2010, 07:36 PM
What is her rectal temperature, heart rate and respiration rate?
    09-15-2010, 07:42 PM
My filly has the same thing going on. My guess is a tooth problem, or maybe she didn't lose some teeth she was supposed to lose. My vet comes out Tuesday, so if you don't have an answer or have a vet out by then, I'll let you know what mine found. Maybe it'll give you another idea. =]
    09-15-2010, 07:46 PM
In a 10 year old I'm thinking more like strangles/infection but in your 2 year old I would suspect teeth especially the way it seems to be waxing and waning Ricci.
    09-15-2010, 07:54 PM
I agree it's probably not teeth for my mare, plus she had a float a couple months ago and here was no problems.
It would more likely be an infection than strangles, though I will take her temp and resp rate etc..when I get home. But if she had strangles I think she would be showing some other signs by now.

Ricci - I would love to hear what your vet says, but like Teal said, yours comes and goes where as my mare's has been like this for about four days or so. But I would like to hear anyhow - all info is good info!
    09-15-2010, 08:16 PM
Just a bit of info- strangles= an infection. Specifically of strep equi. Often the only signs are swollen lymph nodes and a temperature (anything over 101). You don't always see snotty noses and in chronically infected horses sometimes you see no symptoms at all.

Do you know if there is any history of any horses ever having had strangles on the farm she is at?
    09-15-2010, 11:27 PM
No, there is no history at the barn she was prior at, and she has been at home with me for the last 3.5 years and no strangles here.
    09-15-2010, 11:45 PM
Temp is normal...37.8 degrees
    09-16-2010, 02:22 AM
Well that's a good thing! I'd keep watching her and probably take a temp at least once a day to see if she spikes a fever. It definitely sounds like it is her lymph nodes are swelling so maybe she is just fighting something off. Have you been using her at all? Does she seem intolerant to exercise?

I've never heard of "grass glands", perhaps someone who knows what this is can tell us some more about it?
    09-16-2010, 11:42 AM

Yes I have exercised her, she is going normally and when framed the lymph nodes that are swollen are not interfering with her breathing.

I will keep up with the temp checks and plan to make a vet appt today to ease my mind!

Thank you

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