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DrMelJ, Horse Veterinarian
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My horse has a swollen sheath and his legs are mildly

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My horse has a swollen sheath and his legs are mildly swollen can that be related
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 11 months ago.

HI there. Thanks for the question. Let me see if i can help.

Expert:  DrMelJ replied 11 months ago.

Yes, sheath swelling can lead to leg swelling as well. The key is to find out why the sheath is swollen....possible causes include- a dirty or inflammed sheath, a bug bite, an infection. Does he have a fever or is he acting painful? If he seems uncomfortable or feverish, then I'd recommend having a vet out to see him to see what is going on. If he is acting normal and is non painful then you can try cleaning the sheath and exercising him to help the swelling reduce. Applying a sweat wrap to the hind legs can help as well. I hope this helps. Let me know if there are any further questions.

Expert:  DrMelJ replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Jazz. How is everything going?