Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
Strange Swelling Around Throatlatch
So yesterday, I went out to visit my three year old filly at the place she is boarded. When I went out, my filly trotted right up to me like normal, but when I went to halter her, I noticed some strange swelling around her throatlatch. It was only on the sides of her face and did not come past her mandible line, but it did make the line less defined. It did not run under her throatlatch at all either.
Sadie was vaccinated against strangles on June 23rd and given her boosters 3.5 weeks later, so I really doubt that is what's going on (plus there has never been a case on that farm, or with any of the horses in her pen). Also her temperature, respiration rate, heart rate, capillary refill time were all completely normal range for her. She also didn't seem too uncomfortable, and there was no discharge from her nose, or eyes. Manure consistency is also completely normal.
Should I be running for the vet, or wait and see if symptoms worsen? Or is it more likely she just got her head caught in the fence being a curious baby? I'm going out to tpr her again today, and if the swelling is still there, I will get pictures of it.
Thanks everyone for the help!!