Saturday, July 31, 2010

Puffy horse

When I got to the barn tonight, I noticed Bar had hives. What?! I thought perhaps he had gotten stung or that the liniment I'd been using could have caused a reaction. I worked him lightly--possibly not my smartest move--but he seemed fine, normal attitude and all, and then he got a nice bath. I thought it would help with the hives, and it did. What it didn't help was the baseball sized nose and swollen eyes!!

Katie said, "Why does stuff always happen to you?!" Meaning Bar, not me.

We called the vet and after a few questions--yes, his gum color and breathing seemed normal--she advised Banamine, elevating his hay and checking on him an hour or so later.

We came home for dinner and then turned around and headed back to the barn. We found a much less swollen Thoroughbred with no hives. Phew. Except Sammy now has a swollen eye! It was probably a sting or bug bite of some kind in Bar's case--it looked like a very allergic reaction--not sure what Sammy did to herself, yet.

If it ain't one thing, it's another.


Anonymous said...

The bugs have been very bad here too, and we've had to cope with various swellings here and there. Glad his lumpiness cleared up quickly!

kippen64 said...

You are so lucky to have a vet who will give advice on the phone. I seem to get stuck with the type that say "I cannot give an opinion of any sort without seeing the horse first". Which of course would cost me heaps of money. :-(

Dave (aka Buckskins Rule) said...

Are you sure it wasn't a ploy to get more hay? Just kidding of course, hope it turns out to be nothing.