Bright yellos discharge in nose. WTH?

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    09-14-2012, 06:00 PM
Bright yellos discharge in nose. WTH?

I've been pretty sick lately, so have only been out to see my boy a few times this week, and havn't done too much with him the past few weeks. I went out to see him today, and noticed a bright yellow discharge comming from one of his nostrils. Its not cloudy at all, but was dripping constantly for a few minutes, then seemed to slow down quite a bit, but its still a touch runny. He also seems a bit grouchy today, almost like he's not feeling himself, and seems to have lost a bit of muscle mass (however this could be because we havn't worked much the past few weeks). He's eating normal, no temp, and glands aren't swollen. I don't think I need to get the vet out for an emergency call tonight, but plan to call in the morning if he still doesn't seem himself. What do you think could cause the bright yellow discharge?? I'm at a loss.
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    09-14-2012, 06:06 PM
He could have a little cold. Call your vet. :)
    09-14-2012, 06:30 PM
I know from personal experience that horses can get a viral sinus infection just like we can - does the discharge smell like a sinus infection? The vet will tell you to let it run its course if that's what it is - you can't give antibiotics for a virus - does no good. It will last about 2 weeks and is really gross. Your horse could go hoarse (LOL) and feel cruddy during that time, but may not show a fever.

Strangles manifests in weird ways sometimes - eventually it will come out thru the lymph nodes under the jaw, but for days prior, you could get a snotty nose like that, swollen/edemna in the legs (rare, but happens) and fever right before the glands swell and burst.

If it isn't either of those, then I'd check for an abscessed tooth or mouth ulcer causing issues - broken teeth (upper), something of that nature that will make an infection and drain via the nasal passages ..

That's all I can offer up for ideas....
    09-14-2012, 06:37 PM
Thank you for the quick responses. I've seen nasal infections before, but the discharge has always been cloudy, so it through me off a bit that it was clear and bright yellow. He just got over the flu a month and a half ago, and had his teeth floated in february, and his last baby tooth pulled in april, but it may be a tooth problem- never even thought about that! He had his strangles vaccine this year, but I know that doesn't mean he'll never get it. I really hope its nothing serious. We've had a pretty rough year health wise, and I hate seeing him feel all yucky. Another BO said it could be a burst abscess in his nose, but I've never dealt with those before, so am unsure.
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    09-14-2012, 07:00 PM
I guess it would be your call if you want to wait a couple of days to see if it gets better or if he ends up with a temp or not.... you just never know what will happen. Whatever happens, murphy's law says it will happen at 3 am on Sunday night when all the vet offices are closed and the only help is the vetschool and their outrageous emergency fees...LOL! That's the story of my life anyway...good luck!
    09-14-2012, 07:34 PM
Oh I know all about Murphy's law! My last horse coliced all the time, and for some reason it always happened at around 11pm :). If his nose is still runny tomorrow, I'll get the vet right out. I'd rather be told its nothing, than wait until it gets bad. I also don't want to call them out for something that may just be an allergy, hence why I was thinking about waiting till the morning to see if it went away. The poor guy just got over being sick, and the barn just got out of quarantine, so I really hope its not strangles.
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    09-14-2012, 08:18 PM
Yeah, me too - I always struggle with that fine line between saving money and when to spend it....

Yes, hope it isn't strangles. I can't think of any other bug that presents that way (nasal yellow discharge) other than what I mentioned before...

Have you palpated his face to feel for hot spots or fever on areas over his teeth and jaw? Look at him directly in front and look for asymmetry? Just thoughts - random things to try...
    09-14-2012, 08:58 PM
I didn't feel his face much- just checked for fever and made sure he was eating. I'll check his teeth and face tomorrow morning and see how he's doing. His coat did seem pretty dull today as well and he gave a small wheeze once when I went to take him out of the paddock. My friends keeping an eye on him tonight, and will let me know if he gets worse. Hopefully he'll be fine.
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    09-14-2012, 09:07 PM
Is he making any gagging motions? Could it possibly be choke?
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    09-14-2012, 10:45 PM
No gagging noises. He only wheezed that once and it was kind of a half wheeze, half cough.
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