I have a 10 yr old Thoroughbred gelding who may have to be put down next week. Ill give you the low down,
Day 1 I noticed a very very slight raised area on his forehead, and asked the people at agist to keep an eye on it, 2 days later he was swollen up from eye to eye and eyes are running. vet is called suspects fracture and gives penicilon and beaut(an antiinflamatory painkiller)(there is no mark on skin so i am skeptical of fracture)
swelling goes down and when i see him on day 12 he has two small hard bumps between eyes on forehead, not painful, eyes still running. i leave
day 17/18 now he swells under right eye, vet called prescribes antibiotics and more beaut, swelling goes down but not completely away, eyes running a little
day 27 i arrive and the end of his cheekbone he has started to swell. i am told it was as not like that this morning, by end of day is quite large. Speak to vet he says he is confused by symptoms and suggests we put him on beaut for a few weeks just to see if it improves over time by itself. swelling goes down
day 40 His head is very deformed looking but all the bumps are hard and not painful. I think well finally he is going to get better, itll just take time to fully go down. i leave day 44
day 50 he has his last beaut, but his head has started to swell up again this time in all the previous places
day 51 he has a yellow gunky discharge from right nostril, no smell. i decide to take him to big horse vet in the city.
Day 55 bring him to perth, vet suspects sinus. Camera up the nose shows very little abnormalities, no problems with teeth, xrays show that where he has been swollen there is now some bony growth and some other stuff that was hard for me to undrstand the lingo
Day 56 they take a bone biopsy it has been sent to lab, likely results are considered to be either a bone cancer (will need to be put down eventually)or infection of the bone (treatment expensie and no guarentees, ie likely to be put down)
So i am waiting for the results
Has anybody had an experience with something similar?
what was the outcome?
Any ideas as to what the cause may be?
would appreciate any input
Horse has been happy throughout (was a little lathargic on Day 1) and eating well.