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    03-12-2009, 09:31 AM
  #1
Weanling
Allergies?

Here's the full story.

My friend's horse Justin we think has a sinus infection. The vet put him on antibiotics for three weeks. He has a runny nose (chunky whitish yellow or clear dark yellow or both).

Now. As far as I know it's not anything contagious, as sinus infections generally aren't, and none of the other horses are experiencing anything.

Last March right before I got my horse, he came to the barn I was at with apparent allergies. He had a cough; when I got on to ride he'd cough every now and then, especially when we started trotting. After a few minutes though he wouldn't cough again.

Now it is March a year later, and he has a bit of a runny nose (whitish and snotty; only after riding) and he has coughed a few times when I brought him out of the field.

My trainer said it is too early for allergies, but he did this last year too so I think he may be sensitive to the changing weather.
We are keeping a close eye on it.

Could it be allergies? What do you think?
There is no smell to the discharge from my horse whereas in my friend's horse there is a definite infection smell.
     
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    03-12-2009, 10:46 AM
  #2
Yearling
It could be allergies but it could just as easily be a viral infection (inflenza and rhino start out just like this). It would be a good idea to quarantine your horse away from others and start taking his temperature daily to monitor for fever. Also watch for a change in color, consistency and amount of nasal discharge, change in appetite, change in activity level etc. If you see any signs that this is more than just a little bit of runny nose and cough you should contact your vet just to at least discuss what is going on.
     
    03-12-2009, 01:39 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero    

My trainer said it is too early for allergies, but he did this last year too so I think he may be sensitive to the changing weather.
We are keeping a close eye on it.

Could it be allergies? What do you think?
There is no smell to the discharge from my horse whereas in my friend's horse there is a definite infection smell.
Not discounting what Ryle has posted, but wanted to add:

Take a look at the pollen count for your area, the count today is moderate.

Weather homepage

If he does have allergies all it takes is to get above low. Have you thought about getting a panel done on him?

Is it windy?
     
    03-12-2009, 04:13 PM
  #4
Weanling
I had a horse whos nose would run during exercise....weird. Kind of like if I ran in cold weather, my nose runs. (only he couldnt carry a tissue in his sleeve hehe)
     
    03-13-2009, 09:30 AM
  #5
Weanling
He only ever does it after exercise, and it was much better yesterday actually. I'm keeping an eye on it but it seems to be better.
     

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