Cellulitis is a painful bacterial infection of soft tissues under the skin. 

You can commonly find it in one of your horse’s hind legs but it can occur anywhere in the body. 

Cellulitis can rapidly progress from a little swelling around a small cut to massive swelling of the entire limb. Closely observing your your horse and good communication with your vet is key to detecting cellulitis early and successfully treating it.

(This information was adapted from an article (PDF, 0.9 MB) by UQ lecturer and equine veterinary specialist Dr Allison J. Stewart BVSc(hons), MS, DACVIM, DACVECC and Dr Georgina Johnston BVetMed BSc (Hons1) MRCVS.)