give advice sight unseen on a situation with my co-workers pet
horse. She thinks it was bitten by a snake (unknown type) as the horses
cheek is swollen, foam is coming from mouth and he has trouble chewing food. Other
than call a vet is there any way she can treat this situation?
Thanks - Barby
she should call the vet immediately.
could be from a snake or skunk bite but the symptoms also could be connected with
many other things such as a dental problem (such as a broken tooth, teeth need
floating etc.), something like a stick or thick hay stem caught in the gums or
even rabies.........so a veterinary exam and diagnosis is definitely needed.
the meantime, if it were my horse, first I'd do a complete oral exam to see if
there was a foreign object in the mouth. The foaming could be a response to something
stuck in the gums or soft tissue - excess salivation and foaming could be the
body's reaction to attempt to remove a foreign body.
rinse the mouth with warm water. You can put a tablespoon of salt in a one gallon
bucket of warm water and using a large syringe with the needle removed, you can
flush out the mouth, aiming the stream of water at any areas that look like there
is debris or inflammation. This would be similar to rinsing your own mouth out
with warm salt water if you had sore or bleeding gums.
get a "complete feed" wafer or pellet - which contains chopped hay -
and feed that instead of hay. There are many brands of this all-in-one type horse
feed available. Wet it ahead of time and let it soak so it become like a thick
oatmeal - not soupy or sloppy - more like a "mash". That will be palatable
and easier for the horse to eat until the problem is corrected by the veterinarian.
me know what the diagnosis is OK?
read more about dental care, visit the Horse