What is this?! Update: Cancer - not Cancer....post 50
May: Thought horse had been kicked in side and bruised ribs.
June: Took to vet for ultrasound since the area on the girth behind his elbow was extremely sore. When I took him to clinic also showed a large chest muscle which didn't concern anyone there.
Ultrasound showed no broken ribs - told it will take 6 mos to heal and to stretch horse daily.
July: Then had another vet chiro and acupuncture to help with pain. Second round of acupuncture was with electro-stimulants. Helped with painful side some. But seems to have moved (?) something from shoulder (which is now collected between front legs and was soft). A few days later that disappeared.
Aug, Sept go by - still incredibly sore and shoulder (pec) huge.
Draw blood work/cultures at end of Sept - shows
Low: Platelet Count
Low: AST (SGOT)
Borlerline Low: Creatinine
Aerobic Culture: Beta Hemolytic, Streptococci
At this point - side still sore - shoulder HUGE and more jiggly stuff collected between front legs.
I'm killing myself on the internet thinking it is 1)cancer, 2) Pigeon Fever, 3) some form of strangles 4) a kick that is just taking a long time to heal. Anyone have experience with any of this? Does this match anything you have experienced?
Going back to vet #1 next week to see if they still think kick.
Vet #2 is treating holistically.
Horse eating normal, no temp, very content. The only weird thing he does since this happened is that when he gets up from a roll or a nap he gets up like a cow - hind end first. Figured pulling with front legs hurt the side muscle.
I have some pics: