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post #1 of 8 Old 10-14-2009, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Blocked Nasal passages?

Had the vet out today for floats and to check our pony's leg, and I asked him if I needed a eye antibitotic for our Arab mare's eyes, which have been goopy and draining for a few weeks.
He said it was due to blocked nasal cavities, and hers appeared to be cronic. He tried while she was sedated from the float to clear them with saline, but she would not let him and he said they were so blocked, it probably wouldn't have mattered - he got a little fluid up there on one side.
He said to try an OTC drop and antibiotic and if that doesn't help in a few weeks, he would heavily sedate her and get them cleared, but he said nothing would stop it from coming back at a later time.

Anyone have advice on something you've had help with this?
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You need to figure out what's causing the blockage - usually allergies. When did this start - any idea? If so what changed around that time? Feed? Hay? Supplements? New pasture?

Does it occur the same time every year?

You might want to experiment to see what seems to initiate the "clogging" of her sinuses. My trainers horse is alergic to several things - needs a special hay from out West, can't eat feeds like Strategy since it gives him diaherra, etc... I gave her sameple of some of my feeds and supplements to see what she could use and what she couldn't without having to purchase an entire bag of feed/supplement, etc.
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I'd like any advice on this as well. Noah also has a runny eye that is likely caused by blocked nasal pasages.
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It changed when she arrived at my mom's farm in July - when I bought her, and the vet says it was allergies, but that it would be almost impossible to prevent. He said some horses become cronic with it - and you just have to flush them.
We moved 3 weeks ago, and this barn has better ventilation, etc.
I've changed her feed a few times because her condition seems to have went down some since we bought her as well.
I had hoped they had injections or something for allergies in horses, but I guess not. I hope they it will stay clear if he flushes it with her totally out until at least next summer.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-18-2009, 10:27 AM
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They do have injections for allergies but they are very expensive. You have to start out by running tests to determine what your horse is allergic to and then you put your horse on injections that start out being every few days and eventually spread out to monthly. The cost is several hundred dollars.

You can try to figure out what the triggers are yourself and then put your horse on an oral over the counter antihistamine to see if that helps.

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Hmm, I had this with my rescue just recently, but only for a few days (it's cleared now). I didn't worry about it much, just made sure I kept his eyes clean and he was fine. Didn't show any other signs of discomfort or ill health.

Wait! I'll fix it....
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Hers do not clear up - he said it was because it was so blocked. I just hate to have her knocked out cold and have him go in and do it because it doesn't bother her from all appearances, but makes her look awful because they drain and ooze a lot.

I will ask him about an OTC antihistamine. I know human benedryl does wonders for our dogs.
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