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post #1 of 21 Old 04-02-2020, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Would you guys be worried about this? It's not hot and does not seem painful (I poked and prodded it and Teddy didn't seem to even notice). The barn owner thought it was no big deal and suggested I put Swat around it, which I did. What do you guys think? I was also inclined to not be worried about it, but I would hate to be wrong about that. It's kind of hard to tell from the pictures, but there is a little fresh blood there, and it's quite swollen and hard.
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Could it be that a bot fly has gotten in and the horse is making a cyst around it? I'm not that knowledgeable on the particulars of this, nor the treatment.
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Looks like he poked himself with something that broke off and left a piece with him. I'd call and see if they accept a series of photos and description to give advice but I would use warm compresses and use betadine in the warm water. See what happens. Drawing salve could also be of use.

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Looks like he poked himself with something that broke off and left a piece with him. I'd call and see if they accept a series of photos and description to give advice but I would use warm compresses and use betadine in the warm water. See what happens. Drawing salve could also be of use.
Do you think those pictures are good enough to send to a vet? I thought they were good when I took them, but looking at them now I am extremely unimpressed.

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What QtrBel says. I'd do a warm compress as many times/day as I could and I'd use Icthammol to try and draw it up and get it draining. If you can get it to soften up and drain, you could flush with Betadine & water to flush it out. It kind of looks like there might be a foreign body in it.

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I thought puncture would...perfect spot.
I would be applying drawing salve to the area to suck the inflammation and possibly any foreign body to the surface...
If it gets hot or hard...call the vet for more care instructions immediately.
If you don't know Teddy's normal vital signs of temp...get one and if he seems "off" in the next couple days, get that temp taken again as fighting a infection often raises the temp in a animal...head off a big issue caught quickly.
Hope this is a non-anything, but especially now...err on the side of caution and be pro-active in care.
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It might be he poked himself with something or it might be a tooth abscess.

Now what I would do about it would be to enlarge the hole so it can drain, and then apply a hot compress by soaking a towel in hot water and holding it on the area repeating several times.
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@Foxhunter after all the money I spent on his teeth, it had darn well better not be a tooth abscess.

I like the idea of sending pictures to the vet. I texted her and I will see what she says.

If it needs a warm compress I will do that, but since I board him I can't really go out there multiple times a day. I mean, I can, I guess, but it's 20 minutes each way and I'd rather not. I wish I had a wifi hotspot and I could just work from out there.

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I wish I had a wifi hotspot and I could just work from out there.

With the crisis of the virus and so many schools/colleges closed in the nation many WiFi providers have opened hot-spots places they never were before...
Check, you might have one and not realize it...
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@ACnATX are you allowed to go to your boarding barn still? my friends who board are not allowed to go out there except on scheduled times, so that they don't have too many people there at any one time.
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