Swelling on her underbelly? WHAT is it?

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  1. FancyDocsGal

    FancyDocsGal Full Member

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    My 26 yr old mare has a big soft swollen area on her underbelly. It was not there yesterday but I noticed it right away when I fed this morning. She is acting normally and her appetite is good. Another mare had something similar this summer and the vet said it was summer edema. While this could be it, he said it was prevelant in overweight horses. This mare is not overweight, not a hard keeper, but not easy either. Any ideas? I hate to call the vet on a Sunday, so I thought I would post here first. Let me know if you are familiar with this one please!!
     






  2. Stormyheart6160

    Stormyheart6160 Senior Member+

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    Any chance she may have gotton kicked in the belly? My old mare was getting those soft swellings on the underside of her belly all the time, and I couldn't figure out what it was, until I saw another horse kick her square in the belly, causing another swelling to appear. She's now separated from the "bullies", and there hasn't been anymore swellings since.
     
  3. tightpaycheck

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    My mare had a huge swelling this year so that even her legs were swollen. The vet told me that in her case it was an allergic reaction to a bug bite. At your girl's age it might be a lot of things, it wouldn't hurt to call the vet. If she has been in a stall try turning her out, so she can exersize a bit...it may help.
     
  4. FancyDocsGal

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    Well, a vet tech I know came over and looked at it. She said give it a couple of days to reabsorb, if it doesn't I may need to have it lanced. She looked for signs of a kick, we found none. It is just off of dead center of the belly and is about as big around as a gallon milk jug, but only about 3 inches off the normal belly area. Soft and fluid filled. she doesn't seem to hurt. I massaged it and poked around the area. Still trotting and eating and doing the normal routine. She is not stalled, except at feeding time, so she can eat in peace. they have been eating acorns in the grove lately, could that have anything to do with it?
     
  5. tightpaycheck

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    Oh dear. Well, acorns are poisonous, so that could be it...I'm not having much luck looking up syptoms, but a couple sites have mentioned edema.
    ok, they have to eat a lot I guess
    Most species of oaks (Quercus sp) contain toxic phenolic compounds (tannins). Large quantities of young leaves and sprouts are toxic when consumed in spring, as are green acorns when ingested in the fall. Poisoning occurs when over half the diet is oak buds or acorns, for several days. Symptoms appear several days after the period of consumption and include abdominal pains, weakness, anorexia, colic, constipation, depression, diarrhea, presence of blood in urine, jaundice, and death.
     
  6. FancyDocsGal

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    HOLY COW! I guess i will be locking them off that pasture for a while. No symptoms you describe and they have been on these same pastures for 18 years so I certainly hope they are not eating enough to poison them! Anyway she is locked in the stall tonight for observation. Will call vet tomorrow if anythnig changes.
     
  7. SecretAgent

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    Could be a bug bite, a big fly or a spider
     
  8. Dawn

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    It does sound like a hematoma. It might not have occured there, but the hematoma moved down with gravity to the lowest point on the body. So even a kick to the side of the barrel could result in a hematoma on the underside of the belly. They recommend waiting awhile after it occurs (something like 5 days I believe) to allow the internal bleeding to stop before having them drained.

    Although I've also seen other sources that state hematomas should not be drained as some can have bleeding for a rather long time and opening could cause severe bleeding.

    I guess you would need to check with your vet to see what he thinks.

    They can also be confused with abdominal hernias and abcesses.
     
  9. buddiebreeze

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    could it be an abcess??
     
  10. FancyDocsGal

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    That would seem logical as it is at the lowest point of her belly. I never thought of that one. Thanks for that info.
     






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