26 April 2008 16:40
My filly is four. A month ago a growth appeared on her belly, roughly where the umbilical cord would have been. It’s round, looks like horn, is about 1cm wide and hangs down about 4mm. My vet says it could be a sarcoid, but he wasn’t sure. If it isn’t a sarcoid what else could it be?
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Vet Malene Jørgensen replies:
If the growth sits on the umbilicus, it is most likely to be a chronic reaction in the scar tissue of the umbilicus. Some horses develop overproduction of scar tissue, especially if the scar is reopened for some reason.
If the process doesn’t bother your horse I would leave it well alone and just keep an eye on it. If it grows, bleeds, or in any other way ‘misbehaves,’ call the vet out – he might be able to remove it.
Meanwhile, if you want to try a less invasive option, you could try homeopathy. Some remedies can help in resolving these processes gently and safely. You could try antimonium crudum, causticum, or silicea.
I would use 30C potency, two or three times a week, until you see an improvement.