I follow this vet, Grace Owen, DVM (Edna, Oklahoma), because she posts interesting and relevant cases. This one is about a hematoma – a giant serum filled lump – that often appear on horses’ chests and hips… places that get kicked.
Missy Miss had a huge hematoma when she first got here. Someone kicked her. I remember sending a pic to my old-tymey vet. He told me to just wait and it would drain on its own, which it did.
However, I’m not saying you should just sit one out. If I saw anything this big, I’d be calling the vet instantly. Holy moly! The below hematoma is HUGE. Scary. So, this is why I’m posting about hematoma/seroma in horses.
FROM GRACE OWEN, DVM.
This is an example of a very large hematoma/seroma. This patient likely got kicked which caused a soft, blood filled swelling. The weight of the swelling continued to stretch the tissue and create a larger swelling. After the bleeding had stopped this seroma was drained and patient was started on antibiotics. This is a fairly dramatic before and after but I’m sure the patient is feeling much better!
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