The next morning she was off hay and grain and treats and her water bucket was untouched! I went to walk her and she was extremely stiff in her hind legs so I immediately quit. I knew she was in a lot of pain. I felt all over her body, looking for sore spots, tissue damage, bite or kick marks, anything. She had no leg heat except overall she felt too warm and when I bent over to feel at her 'ankles', I looked up and discovered her udder area was severally swollen and huge. OMG! What is going on? My good vet came within an hour. She was in such pain that she could not stand anyone touching the hot red swollen areas. He lightly sedated her so she wouldn't kick while he visually examined the tender areas. Her temperature was 102.5 (slightly elevated) with horses the average is 100-101.I shined this huge spot light for him which helped tremendously. She began to develop breathing problems and acted totally 'drunk' as they say (can be common in sedation but Jess has been sedated many times with ankle injections, etc. and this was a first). I couldn't stand watching the labored breathing and tears began to well up. It was difficult to remain calm. Jess is my baby and this was not a good sign. My vet had no idea what caused the swelling. No snake bite evidence. No marks at that time whatsoever. Even her 'private area' was a bit swollen and underneath her jaws was puffy. Had this been a brown recluse, the skin would have shown damage by now. Black widow bite? He didn't think so. Maybe Blue kicked her? No shoe marks, no nothing! We were clueless.He prescribed antibiotics (Uniprim powder...like smz only called sdz which signifies it is in powder form...anything stronger she colics) and Banamine paste twice a day and mercifully he injected her with Banamine IV. That helped so much! I also gave her Gastroguard as she can be sensitive to all of those meds at once. Long story short, she is eating and drinking, and her blood test results were fine. The huge edemas have moved to her belly (they travel to the lowest point) and the udders themselves were never swollen, just the surrounding areas which remain swollen and firm but with no heat. I have added Tri-Hist to her daily regimen and Ulcerguard as a preventative. She is finished with her Uniprim and gets Banamine once daily. I can now see tiny black hairless marks all over her stomach, udder area and back legs. I found a couple of tiny scabs. I called the vet Friday evening, worried that the udder area has not shrunk at the pace I expected and thinking Cortizone would be the next step but he cautioned me that founder could be a result and with her age and the fact that she is eating and drinking and pooping very well to wait it out a couple of more days. This has to be yellow jackets. We killed a nest near the house two weeks ago. My poor baby girl. I pray she heals 100% with no complications very soon. Prayers to you my dear Jessie. I love you so very much!
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