My horses's face is swolen..

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  1. mslwpk

    mslwpk Senior Member+

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    I was woundering if anyone could help me? For some reason my horses face is swelling up.. As far as I know he has not hit it or anything.. I have looked for a cut and everything and I am unable to find anything.. Is there anyway it could be his teeth? I dont know if i should take him to the vet or wait and see if it will go down or how to even treet it.. I guess I am a little ignorint when it comes to this kind of stuff... So if you can help please help..

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  2. BestofPrincess

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    id take him to the vet now
     
  3. stina3246

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    Is it still swelling or is it just swollen in that area and that's it? Did it happen suddenly? I came out one night to find my mustangs whole head swollen to twice it's normal size! It had happened in only a few hours. Turns out he probably had an allergic reaction to a bee or ant sting. We never found bite marks or puncture wounds. The vet came out and gave him some anti-inflamatory medicine and anti-biotics and it went away in a few days. It's possible that is from an insect bite since you see no wounds. It he "ouchy" there?
     
  4. Jeblina

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    I have been experiencing something similar for the past few days with my yearling colt. Around his ears and above his eyes to about halfways down him nose is slightly swollen, and sore to touch on one side. It has seemed to be getting better by the day...I'm assuming that it was a reaction to a bug bite.

    Has he had his teeth checked recently? Do you have reason so suspect something with his teeth? Has the swelling started to go down, or does it just stay the same?

    If you notice improvement, chances are, it's not his teeth....more likely something he brushed up against, or a bug bite. If there is no improvement, your safest bet would be to call the vet, describe it to him/her, and see what they would recommend (take advantage of the fact that they don't charge you to talk to them over the phone! :D ). Good luck!
     
  5. mslwpk

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    Thanks everyone.. We went out Friday and it was not swolen then we went out Saturday and it was and today it was the same no more no worse.. I think I will call the vet tomorrow and see what they say.. He doesnt want you to tuch it so i am guessing it hurts..
     
  6. Appylvr

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    I hope your horse is feeling better. Keep us updated on how he is doing!

    Almost the same thing happened to my neighbor's horse, but it happened really suddenly. She went out and noticed her mare was hanging her head down and when she looked closer she could tell that she was having trouble breathing. I went over to help her and we called the vet, the vet recommended hosing her head off and giving her banamine. The vet told my neighbor from the symptoms she described that it sounded like her mare was really bad off and she might not be able to save her.

    We did everything the vet said. I gave her the banamine and my neighbor hosed her head down for an hour. It helped a lot... by the time the vet got there she was doing better, she was able to breathe better. The vet said it seemed like she got bit by something. Probably a spider (black widow around here) or a bee sting, could even have been a rattlesnake.
     
  7. MissBandit

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    You might want to look for punctures, I don't know if you have poisonous snakes in your area. Bites in the face need to be treated seriously.
     
  8. Just_me

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    Maybe he hit himself somewhere or got bitten my something?
    That is what happend to my gelding one time...his eyelead and everything around it was swolen so bad that I could barly see his eye.If my horse is injured I usually wait one day till I call the vet to see if it gets better or worth(unless it`s really bad ofcourse!!).
    I put ice on his eye,and the next day it was a whole lot better:)
    II were you I would watch him and if the swelling doesn`t go down or gets worth I would call a vet!
     
  9. Super Step

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    One of my horses swelled exactly like this last Spring. I was going to take him to the Vet, just to be safe, but got held up at work. The next day the swelling had gone down. Two days later all of the swelling was gone.
    I think mine was a reaction to some sort of insect bite or sinus.
    With swelling where this is it makes you think either sinus, or an upper tooth.
    But mine went away on its own and the horse never acted sore or as if it bothered him in the least.
     
  10. mslwpk

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    I will let everyone know what the vet says.. I am going to call them tomorrow. But I think first i will go out and see if he will let me look in his mouth to see if maybe he has a sticker in there or something.. My dad told me to check and see if there was a sticker in there, or a sliver.. But i will definatly let everyone know what happens.. Thanks so much for all the advice i love him so much i would hate for something bad to happen to him..

    My husband and him are so close and in the first picture it looks like daddy help it hurts daddy please..
     






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