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Steve Boese
Username: Vboese

Post Number: 10
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, Aug 5, 2006 - 7:57 am:   Edit PostPrint Post


My 10 yo gelding had surgery for a solar abscess in May of this year. Ever since he came back from Cornell, and needed to be on stall rest, his sheath was extremely swollen. Since it has been over 2 months, the vet thought the swelling was due to edema and wasn't really concerned. Now that he is on normal turnout, I have noticed that either 1 or both sides may be swollen and really hard when he comes out of his stall in the morning and stays like that throughout the day. Could this be allergy to bugs? I also notice that his urine is clear when he starts out and then gets bright yellow when he is almost finished. Is this normal? I have also noticed him going a bit more than usual but I attribute this to the extremely hot weather we have been having here in the northeast. I thought his urine was supposed to be a cloudy lite yellow the whole time. He was on 2 courses of antibiotics for the surgery, post surgery etc. Other than that, no other symptoms. He is not depressed and his appetite certainly isn't lacking. He is a bit overweight due to inactivity. Do you think I need to call the vet or is this considered normal urination?

Thank you.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 16333
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Aug 6, 2006 - 9:35 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The sheath swelling happened while the horse was up so is probably not do to bugs. Have you checked the inside of the sheath, which may require sedation, and carefully between his thighs for abnormalities?

The urine you describe is well within the range of normal Steve, as the article explains cloudy light yellow is just one way horse urine can look. That is not the same as saying the urine is normal but this alone would not concern me.
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