My vet is looking into this and will be contacting specialists, but in the meantime, has anyone dealt with a horse that has a blocked vein in its head? We have the horse on Dex for now,are encouraging her to eat with her head up and the swelling in its head is almost gone, but we aren't sure if the Dex will be enough to allow the blockage to clear (if that is in fact the problem).
If anyone has dealt with this or even read about it, please pass the information along.
Another thing that may or may not be related, is that blood work showed slightly low protein levels, and her skin is a little on the yellow side). Any ideas on that?
If it is a venous occlusion somewhere, eventually the collateral circulation will take care of the problem.
Short term, it *is* alarming though.
What are treatments to help in the meantime? She is getting Dex, which takes the swelling down to almost nothing, but about 14 hours after getting the dex, the swelling starts to return. The swelling started out in her chin groove, but now seems to be more in her cheeks and a bit above her eyes, mostly on the left side. She got the Dex last night at 9:30 pm, and by 2 pm today she had lost all definition in her cheeks and had hoods over her eyes. She is however happy and eating fine.
Owner did some massage to try to help move some of the swelling to help it drain, and it does seem to help.
Horse does not seem to be suffering at all, just worrisome to all concerned to see the swelling.
Yes, she is eating from a hay net now. At first the vet was thinking allergy, so we switched to hay cubes (fed up high), but she no longer thinks it is an allergy, so she will go back to getting hay tonight, in a net/bag.
I am finding links between blood clots and low protein levels (which she is showing) so maybe raising her protein level will help?