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  • Horse has a cough and wheezing
  • What to give horse that is coughing

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    11-04-2008, 06:50 AM
Quite often in people with a bad cough, an antitussive (anti cough) medication is actually avoided. The reason being, a cough clears the airway but if you were to stop the coughing, all that gunk in the lungs will just stay there and cause more trouble than if it were simply coughed out.

I guess there's not much else you can do except follow the vets instructions. Make sure her environment isn't too dusty - dust won't help the situation!
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    11-04-2008, 11:43 AM
coughing horse

She has a white thick mucus coming out of her nose but her eyes are clearing up is that a good sign that its not strangles she hasn't been tested we just talked to a vet on the phone she hasn't made it out yet
    11-04-2008, 02:08 PM
Green Broke
White mucus is allergy related

Keep the dust down and keep her on the antihistimines
    11-04-2008, 06:51 PM
white mucuse

Someone said it might be strangles I havent been able to get a vet out is there any way to tell
    11-04-2008, 06:55 PM

Is it the same as they give humans I have some for a nebulizer (I also cough a lot so I really feel for her) and what kind of antihistamine should I give
    11-04-2008, 10:57 PM
Green Broke - good site for strangles info

Albuterol - you can use your puffer...I advise using it only if the horse sounds wheezy or is having obvious trouble/discomfort breathing. 1-2 puffs in each nostril is what we gave to the 17.2 hanoverian gelding who needed it. Helped immensely.

Antihistimines - trihist (from your vet) do not give human benedryl
    11-04-2008, 11:16 PM
Wow poor thing.
Check her temperature...sounds like she may have a fever...with all that. Keep a close eye on her until that vet gets out there...and get em out ASAP...poor dear
    11-04-2008, 11:19 PM
I had someone come in to the tack shop the other day just to tell me how well Omega Alpha's "Respi-Free" had worked on her horse. The mare was coughing and wheezing so hard she was squeaking... apperantly this lady started her on Respi-Free and the condition cleared within the week.
    11-05-2008, 01:27 PM
There is lots of great advice here. However, don't ever administer over-the-counter products unless you have been advised by your vet. COPD and other respiratory problems have to be properly diagnosed and treated. Environmental factors are major contributors. Dust, mold, and other bacteria in food and bedding products combined with poor stable ventilation can cause chaos. My mare has dust allergies and the routine that I use requires a bit of extra work but keeps her healthy and cough free. I just read an article in a Swiss publication that estimated 50% of stabled horses have some form of pulmonary and respiratory problems.
I use "dust free" sawdust bedding and have used chanvre "crushed pot leaves" and another mix. I wet down her meals and give her grains and vitamins in a wet mash. She spends as much time outside in the park as possible. 24/7 is best. I never clean the other boxes when she is in the barn. I'm lucky to have windows and the air circulates quite nicely around the inside boxes. If you have to improve air quality use an extractor fan which will suck the air it rather than push it around and cause drafts.
I also deep clean, remove all of the small particles that have dropped out the of the days bedding, and spray disenfectant and then dry the boxes every day before re-bedding to make sure there are no urine fumes which can also really irritate sensitive horses and pollute their indoor environment. Yes, I use a shop vac and vacum. I also use a horse vac to clean her daily and ask the rest of our people to use the grooming area rather than brush in the boxes as sometimes the mud that is dried on can really create a cloud.
Sometimes riding in the arena can be challenging when it has been very dry in the summer but then I have to get out the sprinkler and water it.
It seems to be working and I wish you good luck at getting the problem under control and your horse happy and healthy.
    11-06-2008, 12:22 PM
yay shes getting better

Cough about gone nose and eyes about clear but still has farting issues she calls the other horses and most of the air comes out the wrong end could this be from the change in diet (the wild onions that grow around all the water troughs maybe any thoughts)

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