Originally Posted by natisha
That's an iffy question. Just like with people when you have a fever you feel cold so you want blankets but blankets will also hold the heat in which can worsen the fever. But... being too cold can cause shivering which will generate more heat, which you don't want during a fever.
Sweating is usually a sign that the fever has broken (going down), in that case a cooler or light blanket may help.
The best thing is to monitor the temperature & give antipyretics (fever reducers) as prescribed by your vet.
I once took care of a boarders horse who had some sort of strange virus which caused a fever to spike over 105. Luckily it was summer & I could cool him with a hose but unluckily it was summer so it was hard to keep it down. I took his temperature every hour around the clock for days. Sometimes between meds his fever would rise 1 degree an hour. I even stayed home from my real job to tend him I was so worried about him.
The scariest time was shortly after the vet gave him something IV to bring the fever down & he started breathing really fast with sweat pouring out of him. The vet only got a few miles down the road before I called him quite sure the horse was dying. He assured me it was from the temperature going down too fast & the horse would be fine-and he was.
We never determined what caused him to be so sick but he came through just fine. Laminitis is a concern with fevers but if you can manage the temperature it shouldn't happen.
Sorry this is so long but I want you to know that as scary as this can be I'm sure he'll be fine with close observation.
Wow, scary story. Luckily the temps are quite mild here right now, in the 50s today. I checked on him last night and he wasn't sweaty or shivering so I left him with no blanket. He's inside so no drafts. I also tried to get a temp reading but the stupid thermometer has such tiny numbers that I couldn't see it. I'm getting a digital thermometer today. I'll give him the bute as and when he needs it. He'll be in all day today because of the rain. He has another dose of excede due saturday which should help to clear up his flu symptoms.
He did sweat a lot after the vet had been yesterday but I just assumed it was because of the IV bute. Maybe not, maybe the fever has broken, i'll check tonight. I have a cooler/blanket I could put on him but with it being in the 50s and him having so much winter hair already I thought he might get too hot.
Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks
Have you called the vet and talked to him/her about your horse's fever? If not, I would call them right now and talk to them about whether or not to blanket your horse and if they should come out and check on him/her.
Vet was out yesterday and took temps, checked my horse over. Gave him IV bute and me bute paste to give him. Also gave him excede because he has the flu. I meant to ask about blanketing but he was looking at my friends horse who is also sick, then he gave me my bill and the blanket thoughts flew straight out of my head. I can easily call him if I need to.