Thought, fact and quote for the day 31/5/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 31/5/12

Thought 4the day: Sometimes in life you walk along that road and you might see something that makes you take your breath away. It could be a beautiful horse walking towards you. It could be that horse is covered in gadgets and really not happy. It could be a horse in the field standing stuck in a fence. Anything happens and it happens for a reason simply go with the flo and do what you can where you can as thats all a horse can do so lets take a leaf out of their books and help each other...
 
 
Quote 4the day: Never keep trying bits and gadgets when it could be one of these bits or gadgets thats causing the problem!
 
 
Fact 4the day: Cysts(Epidermoid)
Cysts, in general, do not normally affect a great deal of horses. One exception may be epidermoid cysts, a type of cyst that is commonly found on the surface of a horse's skin. In some cases they open to the surface of the skin, and in other cases they are contained within the skin. In either case, they are a painful condition for any horse to endure, and most case...s require a surgical resolution. Often, they are found around the head of the horse.

Symptoms and Types
•Swelling at the surface of the skin
•Swelling at the bottom of the ear (dentigerous cysts)
•Swelling in the false nostril (atheromas)
•Lesions/cysts filled with keratinaceous debris (protein material found in hair, outer layer of epidermis)
•Grayish, yellowish discharge from the cyst
•Lesion/cyst in the cornea (eye)

Causes
•Congenital defects
•Abnormalities in the upper layers of the skin

Diagnosis
Your veterinarian will conduct a thorough examination of your horse's skin. In addition to examining the skin, he or she will be able to discern if the lesions are cysts by palpating the area.

Treatment
Whether the cysts are located in the cornea or on the surface of the skin, the treatment will be the same. The cysts will be removed surgically. Draining the cyst is not recommended, as the contents of the cyst can be pushed deeper into the tissue, complicating the condition.
Also, depending on the severity of the cyst and the level of discomfort your horse is experiencing, your veterinarian may prescribe prophylactic antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatories for decreasing swelling and inflammation, as well as for pain relief.

Living and Management
After the cysts have been surgically removed by your veterinarian, your horse should be allowed some time to rest. If your veterinarian prescribes any medication, be sure to administer it in exactly the way your veterinarian has advised in order to promote full healing and prevent infection.
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