My boy came in from pasture this afternoon with a swollen fetlock.
I hosed it and gave him some bute.
He's tender but not full out lame.
Keep hosing and give him bute until it subsides, or get the vet out tomorrow?
Meh. :( Poor dude.
Sprains (and swelling) are usually the worst on the 2nd day and then gradually start to get better. Ligaments are slow to heal, and I wouldn't call the vet unless it's not getting better after 4-5 days (unless he stops eating/drinking/etc, of course). Keep cold hosing/icing for the first 48 hours and try to limit movement to a paddock. I would stop the bute after a few days or you'll have a harder time seeing how it's progressing (in general, we don't use bute unless they are hobbling lame). Finally, don't bring him back to fast as it's common to re-injure if they're not fully healed.
Good luck to your boy...sprained fetlocks have always been one of the most painful things for us to watch.
Here are some crappy cellphone pics.
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