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post #1 of 5 Old 03-29-2010, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Bump on nose related to infection/coughing?

Okay so some of you might remember the thread I had about my horse having an asthma attack and the vet saying it might possibly be heaves (which I still don't think it is/was).

Anyway. My suspicions have been raised even further as to the question of whether or not it really was heaves, because of something that's happening with my friend's horse right now.

Last fall, Beau developed a bump on his nose. It was very hard, it felt like bone underneath. My trainer had no idea what it was, but it went down within a week or two.

He also lost a bit of weight somewhere around late summer/early fallish I believe.

About a month or two after that is when he had his "asthma attack" and the coughing problems began. He's been coughing quite a bit ever since, productively at times, all through the winter (much better now, almost nonexistant) and ever since I first got him sometimes would cough 1-4 times in the beginning of a workout, but my old trainer never thought anything of it so I didn't know that was bad. She said it was just because of the (horribly dusty) arena, which definitely didn't help.
His breathing seems perfectly normal, never really elevated except when working, which is normal. He also will run and play pretty hard with the other horses with no problem.

Anyway, my friend Abby's horse Flicka now has the same bump on her nose in the same spot, is now losing weight although her feed/riding routine hasn't been changed at all, and has been coughing a little.

This leads me to believe that it isn't heaves, but rather an infection of some sort.
I've been thinking it could possibly be chronic pneumonia (bacterial; harder to spread) or something similar, since about 8 other horses have also been coughing on and off throughout the winter. There was one pony, Snickers, who had it almost as bad off as Beau did, and they share a field, so are together a lot. Then gradually, one by one, several other horses developed the coughing symptoms, though none got as bad as Beau.

He was on antihistamines, 3 rounds of antibiotics, steroids, cough syrup, bronchiodialators, you name it. Nothing really helped.
He's now getting a little bit of garlic (natural antibiotic) and oregano (helps with mucous in the lungs) in his feed and is really showing improvement.

Opinions? Advice? Anything?

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-30-2010, 06:58 AM
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If another horse has it I would think it would be something that can spread to other horses. Have to consulted your vet?

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I would be likely to believe that this may be sinus related and possibly related to dental issues. Fractured or diseased tooth roots which extend up into the sinuses can cause facial swelling, nasal discharge, decreased performance (it is after all an on-going infectious process), coughing, etc. You should contact your vet for an exam and consider having x-rays of his skull taken to see if there is a fractured tooth or otherwised diseased/damaged tooth that may be the cause of the problem.

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This went away within about 3 weeks and yet he is still coughing. He has had his teeth looked at and stuff.

Yes, a vet has seen him, and the most recent vet check told us that his lungs sound great, his breathing wasn't labored at all, and she said he had a quick recovery rate.

She said I could work him and ride as I normally would, but that he might get worse again in later summer.
He does still cough almost daily, though it does not stem from anything consistent. He'll cough both at work or just standing, though exercise doesn't necessarily bring it out of him. I can ride him through dust and he'll be fine as well. The coughing seems completely random.

He occasionally has white discharge from his nose.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-02-2010, 01:06 PM
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Just a basic oral exam won't necessarily show up a fractured tooth root or infected tooth root. The teeth in the back of the mouth are simply too hard to see. This is why it's recommended to have an x-ray of the head so that the tooth roots can be visualized. Even with a tooth root issue, the swelling won't always be visible and the coughing and nasal discharge will come and go.

So, this still could be the cause of the symptoms you are seeing. If it's serious enough to bring up here, it's probably worth bringing up again with your vet at the next exam. And if you see the nasal discharge or swelling again consider checking his temperature at those times to see if there is any sign of a systemic infection.

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