Featured Swollen sheath - causes????

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  1. honeydoozy

    honeydoozy Senior Member+

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    Well, the days just get more and more interesting for me:

    Last weekend, I noticed that my senior gelding's sheath seemed to be rather... swollen. I poked gently, and it was firm, not squishy. I decided to watch it for a couple of days to see if the swelling would just go away. It didn't. Monday, he was even MORE swollen - like there was a baseball in there. He's been peeing normally as far as I can tell, but I called the vet out anyway.

    She came out on Tuesday, sedated him, cleaned his sheath *really* thoroughly, (even though it really wasn't bad at all) and then examined the whole sheath area, inside and out. Nothin'. She said she couldn't determine why the sheath was swollen AND mentioned that she was seeing several horses lately with mysterious swollen sheaths. :confused: All she could recommend was daily hydrotherapy (which he LOVES :rolleyez: ) and exercise.

    I'm supposed to check in with her tomorrow if the swelling is not better.

    Soooo... anyone have any experience with the Mysterious Swollen Sheath? :confused:

    (as of yesterday - no improvement. Going out to the barn now to see how things are and do therapy")
     






  2. Shotgun93

    Shotgun93 Senior Member+

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    That's what started our Pigeon Fever outbreak. A rash of swollen sheaths. Their owners would bring them for cleaning and to get checked out, nothing was found, and then a few weeks later, they started forming abcesses on their bellies and chests - Pigeon Fever.

    The horses were contagous and being brought into the vet clinic, spreading it around even more.
     
  3. prettyqtrs

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    I have a 15 yr old gelding who has, for the past couple of winters, gotten a swollen sheath. We summed it up to him not moving around enough (he was pastured by himself). Last winter he was pastured with just one other horse. Now he is our in a pastures with a couple mares. He and the youngest mare out there are pretty playful- always running and playing with each other. Yet again this winter his sheath is swollen. So, called the vet out to clean his sheath (first time in the 5 years that we've owned him that he had his sheath cleaned). Just a small bean was found and our vet said he believes that with a bean that size(very small) it would not cause him to be that swollen. And even after the cleaning he was still swollen.
    So we never have pinpointed why he gets a swollen sheath. But it doesn't hinder him in the least bit (moves around perfectly fine, pees normally, etc.)
     
  4. honeydoozy

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    prettyqtrs...

    How long did it last?
     
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    prettyqtrs Senior Member+

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    His sheath has been swollen the majority of winter. He's done this for the past couple of winters. Gets swollen over winter/the colder months then no swelling over spring-summer/the warmer months.
     
  6. stina3246

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    Could it have something to do with circulation? Since it's cold when it happens maybe he has poor circulation in the winter.
    My gelding sheath would swell for no apparent reason too but the weather made no difference. My vet told me sometimes if horses had excessfluids in the body it would always go to the lowest point near by and cause swelling there. Still never found out why though.
     
  7. Shotgun93

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    Some geldings get frost bite on their sheath area, usually from laying down on the frozen ground. They swell up from that. But, I don't that's the problem here, since yoe live in Cali.

    But, it might be prettyqrts gelding's problem.
     
  8. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    have you been stalling lately?

    We see a break out of swollen sheaths from a reaction to the bedding. Try changing beddings if you are stalling.
     
  9. honeydoozy

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    Well... I hadn't thought of that. But then, I'm pretty sure everyone in the barn is getting their shavings from the same place - and my guy is the only one with this problem.

    I do have to say though - when I went out yesterday, the swelling had gone down a little. I'm hopeful for today - maybe it's just a bug bite or something?

    (OUCH!)
     
  10. Irene

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    Swollen sheath

    Has he been peeing normally? My horse with the swollen sheath seems fine but when
    he pees his penis stays in the sheath. He has done this for quite a while though and I don't think it has anything to do with the swollen sheath.

     






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