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post #1 of 5 Old 05-25-2008, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Swollen lymph nodes/no fever help!!

I received a call from my barn owner yesterday who suspected my horse was choking. I met the vet out there who's reaction was "OMG how long has she been like this" - not comforting words! Ok, so I will break down her symptoms and performed diagnostics-
- Turned out in AM completely wnl
-At 4pm BO went out to check on horses and Secret was standing under a tree with her head outstretched.
- Gross swelling under mandible and down neck- holding head extended- unable to distinguish jaw line from neck
-At that time she had her lips pursed and hay coming out which led BO to think choke.
-There was absolutely no discharge from mouth or nose
-No breathing difficulties, color good
-Trailered her to clinic (1hour away) catheter placed and fluids started
Diagnostics included: ultrasound, scoping, speculum exam, bloodwork (won't be back until tuesday) strangles test
Vet sent her home last night and we started her on Banamine, pennicilin and IV fluids as needed.
Her appetite is great- trying to eat during the ultrasound! THough she is not drinking much water.
This morning she had bran mush and is out on grass- she is calling to the other horses and trotting around.
The vet said to be prepared for the worst- ie a last minute euthanasia BUT I have no guidance to what is going on????
So, I turn to this board for any advice if anyone has gone through something similar??
OH, She is 17 and the last new horse at the barn came in 3 weeks ago and is vaccinated against Strangles. According to our Vet there have been no strangles outbreaks in our area for over a year.
I know this is long I aplogize I am just so worried about my baby girl!
Thank you,
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-27-2008, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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UPdate on swollen lymph nodes- Melanoma

Well, we finally have some guidance in my pony's condition. The vet is 99% sure that it is locally invasive melanoma. We are to continue pen and banamine and then follow up with SMZ for 5 more days. We will re-ultrasound thursday to see if biopsy is possible. The vet stated that treatments are not typically successful and life expectancy is unknown- could be immediate or she could live out the rest of her life...
Any experience with this? I am open to any and all treatments, I am looking for a holistic/homeopathic veterinarian in my area (Rochester, NY) as I think if I can keep everything else tip top it will give her a better chance. Thoughts? Suggestions??
This has been a horrible few days, I can barely look at my pony girl without losing it!
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-27-2008, 12:49 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about your baby girl.

I just did a quick google search, and I found this article. I'm not sure if this will be of much help, but i found it interesting as the melanoma's grow slower in horses than in humans.


When my grandma had cancer, my mom had bought 2 book called "Sharks don't get cancer" and "Sharks still don't get cancer" I never read them, but i know they had different views and i believe treatments on cancer. I'm not sure if that will really help, but it was just a though that popped into my head. Here's a review on the book if you're interested
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-27-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much for the links. I am willing to looking into everything/anything.... :(
Thanks again
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-27-2008, 01:57 PM
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your welcome

Keep us updated on her progress :)
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