Swollen Throat

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  1. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    Reno's been a little off her feed since Sunday night. She's also been sore in her left hind leg. That has been getting progressively worse from a slight limp to not wanting to put it down on the ground, no heat, swelling, or anything. Wednesday morning, her temp had gone up slightly (101.5) and she had a rather large knot on the right side of her throat (just behind her throatlatch). It didn't seem to hurt her to touch it, but she was even more down than she had been and barely nibbling at her food. I had to go to work, so I had Jamie look at it. She had no idea either, so she called the vet to see what she thought. The vet was pretty concerned and wanted to come out and take a look.

    Over the phone, the vet thought it was strangles. Once she got out there, she could pretty much tell that it wasn't. It was swollen to the other side of her throat by then. Basically could not find anything wrong with her. Her temp had gone up again to 102.5 (pretty high for Reno). Pretty much the only thing the vet could tell us is that it could possibly be a problem with her thyroid. Nothing wrong with her leg, so could only assume that it was somehow related. So she pulled blood on her. And now pretty much all we can do is sit back and wait for the results. Until then, she's on bute and stall rest. If nothing turns up on the blood work, she has no idea what she's going to do.

    Anyone have any ideas whatsoever? This came on very suddenly. She was fine Sunday day. I rode her and everything, not lame at all. Sunday night she didn't eat all of her hay. Then Monday morning she didn't eat all of her grain. During the day she laid down in the pasture under a tree the entire time. Monday night didn't eat anything, but actually finished all of her grain by the next morning. She is pretty much finishing her food (even her hay), but it literally takes her all night or all day to finish her little bit of grain.
     






  2. Huntseat123

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    Well, to be honest with you I have NO idea. But I'm allergic to fruits and when I eat them my throat swells up, but if it were allergies with Reno I don't know how her leg would be tied in with it?

    Maybe its a cancerous tumor or a brain tumor.

    I really hope shes OK, keep us updated. I love that girl.
     
  3. Pauline

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    Dawn, that's awful news. Hope she gets better. All the best and let us know what happens..
     
  4. Dawn

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    Well today she seemed normal physically (no swellings, limping, or anything like that). But she was still really down and depressed. She was eating better. Of course, I'm sure her improvements are in direct relation to the fact that she's getting bute.

    One thing that I did remember was getting a tick off of her on Sunday. It'd been on for quite awhile. Are there any tick transmitted diseases that match up? None that I'm familiar with, but there are a few different ones out there.
     
  5. SunBun

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    That is rather bizarre. Maybe there was something she's allergic to that got her? Not necessairily food, but maybe a nasty bug bite? Could have something to do with the tick, i'll go look it up. It doesn't seem to bother her eating or breathing? That's all I can figure for the lump, but her leg...that's weird. Don't really see how they could be related, but not saying they couldn't. Poor Reno, feeling down in the dumps. Good thing she has a good mommy. Keep us posted!
     
  6. QHGirl

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    Is she walking "not normal" sort of all over?

    My sisters horse had this once, thought it was Strangles, turn out to be sinus. YES sinus. Put him on antibiotics and he was fine. Said the swollen lymp nodes were causing depression type symptoms and loss of balance.

    Just an idea.. on and glad to see you back on the forum again...
     
  7. 3WishesDun

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    Dawn-I remember reading an article on something called Ehrlichiosis in one of the horse journals - it was a tick borne disease....But I'm sorry can't remember the specifics. Hope Reno feels better very soon.


    April
     
  8. Shotgun93

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    I hope that you find out soon. I was going to say what QHgirl said, sinuses. My horse has weird allergies and gets really swollen areas on his head sometimes. The vet gives me some antibiotics and he's back to normal in no time. He hasn't had any troubles lately though.

    Could she have gotten something caught in her throat? Maybe it was irritating her and causing her eating problems? It was on the right side of her throat wasn't it?
     
  9. 3WishesDun

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    Thats a great point Shotgun, my friend told me her mare has swelling in the throat from a food allergy.



    April
     
  10. 3WishesDun

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    ok I just realized that Ehrlichiosis is Potomac Horse Fever which I am sure you already know, sorry! and not applicable because she has no diahhrea. Hope Reno is feeling her old self soon.

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