Originally Posted by TaraBearaIsBack
The strange thing about all of this now though, is that she hasn't shown any signs of being SICK. Other than the discharge nothing is wrong with her. She's perfectly happy, eats a lot, drinks a lot, has normal poop, has no temperature, never complains about any thing or show signs of pain, or anything!
"Hasn't shown any signs of being sick" really isn't true. You have no baseline for this foal to determine what her normal temperature and bodily functions are. For temperature monitoring, you need to do it at least 2x per day to start a chart. You also really haven't had her long enough to know what might be her normal level of eating, drinking, pooping, and activity. She probably also has swollen lymph nodes and maybe even some altered lung sounds that you can't detect without knowing how to check them.
Pigeon fever and strangles are different enough in *almost all normal presentations* to be easily differentiated between. If there was any question as to choosing between the two, a simple culture would have a result in about 24hrs.
If this breeder has another horse(s) with lingering symptoms it is because it is being treated improperly or becoming reinfected.
As has been said, have the vet out (which you're already working on) ask questions, have him give you written instructions for care and follow them. I would forget about the breeder, this is your horse and your responsibility. Take it as an excellent time to learn and develop a good relationship with your vet. Be happy that this illness is treatable and not your fault, but use what you learn to protect the other horses on the property too. Posted via Mobile Device