4 yr. old colt has unexplained swelling under his jaw …

I have a question concerning one of my friends horses. She has a colt that she's been training, I believe he's around 4 years old. This horse has had a swelling under his jaws. When she took him to the vet, he just told them he had an infection, & gave them some antibiotics ...I have a question concerning one of my friends horses. She has a colt that she's been training, I believe he's around 4 years old. This horse has had a swelling under his jaws. When she took him to the vet, he just told them he had an infection, & gave them some antibiotics ...

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Hi,
I have a question concerning one of my friends horses. She has a colt that she’s been training, I believe he’s around 4 years old. This horse has had a swelling under his jaws. When she took him to the vet, he just told them he had an infection, & gave them some antibiotics to give him. But, even after starting on the medicine, his jaws still kept swelling. Another vet they called said to wrap his jaws, using alcohol & glycerin on towels. They did that, & later on the swelling broke open. She said a lot of stuff came out of there. When I started to do some research, I thought her horse could have had strangles. But, she said he didn’t show any of the other signs of strangles, like loss of appetite, runny nose, or coughing. And, this is the 2nd time this horse has done this, the 1st time was 2 years ago. Plus, none of her other horses have ever done this or gotten sick. If you have any idea what this could be we sure would appreciate hearing your views. It has us confused.

Thanks!
Debi

Debi,

Your rule outs would be tooth root abscess, strangles, trauma or a foriegn body. At this age I would bet on a tooth root abscess. Have a vet that is good at dentistry give your horse a look. Also, have the vet do a culture of the discharge to rule out strangles. To eliminate a foriegn body it might be necessary to x-ray his jaw.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder

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