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  • Can horse catch human alergies

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    09-26-2009, 03:01 PM

Can horses catch coughs, or allergies? I have notices that in the last week of so my mare has been coughing. She coughs about four times then goes on like nothing happened. She still eats, and acts normal but coughs. Does anybody have any ideas? Should I be worried?
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    09-27-2009, 02:58 AM
Horses can get allergies just like us humans do. Some tend to cough when the weather/season changes. I know mine do. You should keep an eye on her and make sure nothing swells up (out of an allergic reaction to something) and go from there.
    10-01-2009, 03:20 PM
Now I am not so sure it is allergies. She is still coughing, a little bit more frequently and she looks in pain when she does. She still has a good appetite and doesn't lay down any more than she used to. She just coughs. I am a little worried about her. Does anybody have any advice? What should I do?
    10-01-2009, 04:50 PM
If you are concerned, call a vet. It could be nothing, or it could be something - there's no for us lay people to really tell. Of course, it could still be allergies. If you cough long enough, eventually it hurts when you cough - even if it's just a minor allergy causing the problem.

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