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post #1 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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coughing horse - need help

I am new to the forum, but need some help right away, please. I own a 3 year old haflinger/paint, two standard donkeys and a newly purchased POA for my daughter. The POA arrived on Tuesday night. It has been raining in Ohio for the past week. The previous owner said that the horse had been standing in the rain and it has been damp and cold. She rode an hour in a stock trailer. She came with a cough. I had the vet come out that night and started her on sulpha tabs. Besides the cough she had white snots. She was eating and pooping, drinking and peeing fine. In good spirits. Lots of energy. She has been on the sulpha tabs for 2 days now. For some reason none of the vets will return my call. It must be a busy week or maybe they are at a seminar or something. My question is this: how many days should she be on the sulpha? (the vet didn't tell me) AND how long should she be quarantined. My quarantine right now is terrible. Our barn does not allow me to completely separate the animals and they are still able to touch noses, which I guess defeats the purpose. She is going stir crazy wanting to get out of the stall. (She had been on 24 hour pasture before.) I have not taken her temp, but I am going to tonight. Does anyone have any answers? I am desperate right now, especially with seemingly no access to a vet. Her nose today is wet and mucky. Yesterday it was clean except for the occasionaly snorts with snots coming out. It looks a lot worse today. Please help. Sherry
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 06:12 PM
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Usually antibiotics need to be given until they are all gone. Most times I've seen them dispensed for 5 days.

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. What about quarantine? Since they are already touching noses, should I even bother trying to separate them?
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hi again,
The vet gave me a ginormous bottle of the tabs, so that is why I'm confused about how long to give them. She is only getting 10 tabs a day total.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 07:01 PM
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Give them until they are gone or until the vet tells you to stop. No, you've now contaminated any of the other horses with nose to nose contact, quarantine is useless at this point. Hopefully it was just the stress of transport that knocked her immune system down enough to let a bacterial infection take hold, because in that case it is more likely to be a bacteria that any normal, unstressed horse can fight off.

A little upsetting that you can't get a phone call returned, but even more so that the prescription is improperly labelled- ie. no duration included in the script!
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 07:07 PM
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It probably would be better to let her in with your herd. The stress of the ride plus the stress of being on stall rest plus the stress of being a herd animal quarantined alone would probably only make it worse. Its probably something minor that will pass but you can never be too careful. Good luck!
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded. I finally got a text from the vet. 7 days on the antibiotics. 2 weeks for quarantine, but I am going to let her out tomorrow and hope for the best. She is in really high spirits. Bright eyes, inquisitive. Hopefully we will beat this before the threat moves to the other equines. Thank you again. Sherry
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I wanted to ask (before I hit send) how do people quarantine their horses for 30 - 60 days without them going completely stir-crazy?
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-07-2010, 10:30 PM
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Honestly because of vet checks, I've normally never really quarantined a horse; The only place I've ever really had the ability to do so, was at home, when I was still living with my parents, but we had two very large pastures, so normally we would just pen the new horse near enough to the other horses so they could get used to each other, and then just turned the new one out after a few days.

When I got my mare last year, she was in her own pen, but the other two horses and her could touch noses, sniff, etc, over the fence. My girl is a very easy keeper, so I didn't want her hogging all the hay from the two younger horses, and turning into a beached whale! haha.

I am guessing the combination of the chilly weather plus the travel just caused a cold in your new horse; If you want to help her cough a bit, try Cough Free; it's an herbal remedy for heaves, colds, etc, for horses. I always have that stuff on hand, 'just in case'.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-08-2010, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Great advice. Thanks! I didn't hear her cough last night at all and only once this morning. Her energy and curiousity remain very high. I am keeping my mare in today to keep her company. This afternoon when we get home from work we are going to let them out together for the first time. I think my mare is going to be very happy to finally have a playmate. The donkeys stick to themselves and pretty much ignore her. :(
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