Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Agitation and Allergies

What a week! I apologize for the lack of updates. I'm leaving for Canada on Thursday to get married on Saturday, so things have been hectic to say the least. And, amidst all the chaos, Halo managed to get case #3 of random swollen lymph node syndrome.

These pictures are from last Monday, and it's clear that she's very swollen on the right hand side. I first noticed the swelling when I was out on Sunday.

As of last Thursday, the swelling had gone down a bit.

Last week I put warm compresses on her swelling every time I went to the barn in hopes of drawing out any infection that might be present. However, the lessening of the swelling makes me think that it's unlikely to blow out. I was a bad horse mom and didn't go to the barn this past weekend, but I checked in with the barn owner and she's about the same. Argh. Hopefully I will make it out before I leave on Thursday, and I have a friend who may check in on her while I'm gone.

The vet was out last week and said that he does not think it is Strangles, but to continue monitoring her condition and to call him if anything changes for the worst. Through it all she's still continued to act like her normal perky self, so I doubt it's anything severe. I feel confident that it may be an allergy to something growing in the pasture.


Kate said...

You're right - could be an allergy. Also could possibly be tooth-related, although that would more probably be along the jaw line.

Best wishes for your wedding!

Leah Fry said...

Hope the wedding goes as planned. Do we get a photo?

spazfilly said...

@Kate - We did consider tooth issues, but the vet thought she was a bit young for that, and as you noted, the swelling would have been on the jawline.

@Leah - sure! I probably won't be able to resist posting at least a photo or two.

Kate said...

You have an award on my blog!