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My horse has a very swollen sheath, I noticed this morning

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My horse has a very swollen sheath, I noticed this morning he had trouble passing water but tonight he isnt walking very well either
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years ago.
Hi there, vet Andrew here,I assume Jim is a gelding. The sheath of a horse can swell up because of infection or injury, but this does not have to involve the sheath itself - this part of a horse is low down and hence any local problems can manifest as a swollen sheath even if the sheath itself is not the problem. My first move would be to get a good look with a torch at the sheath and surrounding area. Any damage in the local area should show up and be treated accordingly. The next stage would be four or five 10 minutes in-hand walks to get the fluid to disperse. If this does not work after three days, then you might have to get your vet in to apply a compression bandage.If you find no problems around the sheath then the likely diagnosis is infection or injury in the sheath itself. Unless the infection is very aggressive, antibiotics are contra-indicated as they can upset the delicate floral balance of the sheath and lead to worse problems. In this case, you will need a vet to sedate Jim (assuming he's a gelding) with a drug called ACP which causes the penis to come out. The vet can then wash the sheath weekly in this way with dilute salt water.Is Jim running with any other horses? In this case, a kick is the most likely cause of the problem.Please feel free to ask questions if you are unsure about anything.RegardsVet Andrew
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years ago.
Hi there, vet Andrew here again. Do you need any more information?