Because everything I am reading on Google just goes right over my head. I never was very good at science.
My horse, Rio (21 year old Thoroughbred), got an abscess on his neck at the end of December. When I saw it it looked like it had just burst. It began healing up and I didn't think much of it. Then, 30 days later, he got an identical one on the other side of his neck. In the exact same spot. Red flag! Photos were sent to the vet who stated that those wounds that I thought were abscesses were actually his lymph nodes. He stated it was likely that Rio had an ear infection or an infected tooth. We made an appointment but he did not sound overly worried.
Well the appointment is coming up on Wednesday and I am starting to panic. I don't deal well with health stresses when it comes to my animals. Two days ago I noticed a hairless patch underneath Rio's jaw, very close up to his neck. It looks weird. It feels weird. It is not bleeding or spewing puss (yet). This spot is MUCH larger than the spots on his neck. Is there a lymph node there too?
Last May at our vet visit he noted that Rio's lymph nodes seemed enlarged. It was just stated in passing and he told us that there might be an allergy or something in play and to just keep an eye on him.
Anyway, Wednesday's vet visit is right around the corner and I am hoping and praying for an ear or tooth infection. I am absolutely terrified of what could be going on. I am probably (hopefully) blowing this out of proportion. But since I'm freaking out and can't sleep because of this, has anyone ever had some experience similar to what I am describing? Or has your horse ever had an infected tooth or an ear infection and maybe you can describe those symptoms to me? Or maybe you can just hold my hand.