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Roxie Demler
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Username: 2brickie

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2005
Posted on Tuesday, Aug 30, 2005 - 9:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We have a four month old quarter horse stud colt, that hasn't left home, hasn't had anything new introduced to his pasture, and he has a strange bump under his chin. He doesn't have any symptoms of strangles, he isn't acting sick, he doesn't have any drainage, he is eating good, playing, drinking. Otherwise very healthy except this bump. Its about the size of a golf ball. Do you think it could be a tooth problem, or he bumped it? I have had horses at my old ranch that had strangles and you could tell. I just worry Im missing something. He isn't running a temperature, and the mother is the only thing in the pasture with him. The ranch is all new, never been anything here before, until we built here.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 13629
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2005 - 6:04 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome Roxie,
It all depends on what you mean by "under his chin". If you mean on the edges of the bone that form his jaw that could be tooth if you mean between them that is probably a lymph node. Could you be a bit clearer exactly where under his chin it is or perhaps photograph it?
DrO
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Roxie Demler
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 31, 2005 - 8:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It is half on the bone and half in the middle. Very weird, but like I said this colt isnt sick, last night he was jumping and playing like a wild man. He has been just having a blast the last few days with the weather getting cooler. I was thinking myself he would be too young for teething bumps. We have had three year olds with them, and then the two year old I bought last year had one they said from too much grain at the ranch she came from. I would just hate for him to give this to the new colt Im bringing home if its strangles. Do you think I should just have the vet come and look at it. It just seems strange he isnt one bit sick. The last place we lived at, we had 3 yearlings with it, and you could tell they were sick sick.

Thank you for your help.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 13635
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Posted on Thursday, Sep 1, 2005 - 6:52 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

If it was a tooth root it would be all bone, it is was the lymph node it would not be associated closely with the bone Roxie. Maybe trauma (?) and if it is and not associated with other clinical signs probably ok just to keep an eye on it but I cannot say that with certainty. I don't think this sounds like Strangles.
DrO
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