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    03-04-2013, 04:12 PM
Just to add. In today's economy calling the vet everytime they look as if they might yawn is "out" for most. I use to live where no vet was going to do a "call out" for a single horse. So, I didn't just load them up for an emergency call at the drop of a hat, either. But to me, the biggest "protection" is knowing your horse well - well enough to know if it is actually "off" or it is just a "mood", the weather, its manner of protest, what. I still err on the side of caution, though. If you know your horse well and it seems "off", it is "off".
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    03-04-2013, 04:23 PM
A febrile and lethargic horse is always time to call the vet. Pay me now, pay me more later. I agree, being an alarmist is not the best but CALLING to see if they think a visit is warranted is never a bad idea.
    03-04-2013, 04:27 PM
Green Broke
Oh don't worry if she has a fever I will be calling the vet. I will be out there by 4 so I will have time to take her temp and be able to call the vet before they close for the day.

I'm still wondering if allergies can cause this? I have severe allergies, right now actually, and my neck is swollen and running a low grade fever. So wondering if allergies can do the same thing to horses?
    03-04-2013, 04:32 PM
Allergies will not typically cause a fever in a horse. They can cause the respiratory signs you were mentioning (flared nostrils, etc) and certainly make her feel dumpy. When the flu was breaking really badly up here, we temped all the horses in the hospital twice per day and that is how we caught so many of the cases early and prevented those horses from spreading it further.
    03-04-2013, 04:47 PM
Green Broke
So if she has no fever then it's probably not the flu? She is only with one other horse and that paddock is separated by two fence lines from any other paddock so no other horses can even touch noses. I do know she has allergies but I've never seen them this bad. But then again mine have never been this bad this early in the season.
    03-04-2013, 06:01 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
So if she has no fever then it's probably not the flu? She is only with one other horse and that paddock is separated by two fence lines from any other paddock so no other horses can even touch noses. I do know she has allergies but I've never seen them this bad. But then again mine have never been this bad this early in the season.
Well, it is a reasonably good sign that it isn't the flu if there is no elevated temp. Since there seems to be an exception to everything, I won't say "positivley can't be", but the odds are definitely way in your favor if she has no fever.
    03-04-2013, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Ok temp is normal and she is much more feisty tonight. As it turns out she's not a fan of things in her butt. She didn't eat any hay last night though but that's not entirely uncommon of her.
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    03-04-2013, 07:44 PM
Green Broke
So figured I would elaborate a little so people don't think my horse magically got better. I think she has really bad allergies. She had been on Cough Free that I have been using for months for her cough. Her cough was diagnosed by the vet this past summer as being from a low grade chronic bronchitis caused by allergies. She had other health problems that caused her immune system to be pretty much in the dumps. He figured if I could get her immune system up to par and then treat her allergies that her cough should resolve itself. If it didn't then more testing would be done but I treated the cough for several months. It went away so I figured I could take her off the cough free, which is also used for allergies. She had been off it for about a month now. My allergies came on full attack overnight and I was dragging my butt on Friday which is when she started to get all mopey. I'm allergic to everything so who knows what her trigger may be.

I am out to see her everyday and will continue to monitor her and if she gets worse again and starts a temp then I will have the vet out. But he is out in 10 days anyway so I will talk to him about her little incident then.
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