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post #1 of 13 Old 09-26-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I've never had a sick horse before, so I have questions

The only sickness I've ever dealt with in my 7+ years with horses is colic.
When I fed this morning I noticed my yearling filly is very snotty. I can hear her breathing a good bit of the time - just like a stuffy nose. I'm calling the vet tomorrow morning but I'm just wondering what they usually do for horses with cold-like symptoms? Antibiotics?

It came on fast - she was fine yesterday. She hasn't been off of our property since the end on August, but my QH had a show last weekend... maybe he brought something home?

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-27-2010, 08:48 AM
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Sounds like strangles. She needs to be quarantined and so does your gelding. Wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly after touching her, her feed/water buckets, halter, stall, etc. so you don't spread it to the other horses.

I bought a mare with the same symptoms (came from an aution). My vet(country cow vet at the time) had me give her injections of 48hr cattle peniciline (sp?) every other day and it cleared up in less than 2 weeks. I didn't have a way to quarantine her, but I was lucky and none of my other horses got it.
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Very well could be a cold with the weather change we had around here. Yes, I've seen vets prescribing antibiotic for the horses with cold. I sincere hope it's NOT a strangles though!
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Strangles is a good thought although you didn't mention swelling or open sores so my thought is going towards the cold/flu/virus. I'm not sure I would wait until tomorrow for the vet w/ a baby though. They can go downhill really fast.....

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Sounds like strangles. She needs to be quarantined and so does your gelding. Wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly after touching her, her feed/water buckets, halter, stall, etc. so you don't spread it to the other horses.

I bought a mare with the same symptoms (came from an aution). My vet(country cow vet at the time) had me give her injections of 48hr cattle peniciline (sp?) every other day and it cleared up in less than 2 weeks. I didn't have a way to quarantine her, but I was lucky and none of my other horses got it.
A horse can have a snotty nose without having strangles.......I wouldn't necessarily jump to that conclusion.

Is this one nostril or both?

It is entirely possible that your horse brought homes some kind of virus from the show.

I would say if the horses vitals are normal and he/she is drinking and eating normally I would take a wait and see approach.

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Rook gets a runny nose from time to time, but his is caused by allergies. Anytime he's in a real dusty area, or some round bales of hay will cause him to get the snotty nose.

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A horse can have a snotty nose without having strangles.......I wouldn't necessarily jump to that conclusion.

Is this one nostril or both?

It is entirely possible that your horse brought homes some kind of virus from the show.

I would say if the horses vitals are normal and he/she is drinking and eating normally I would take a wait and see approach.

Super Nova

I agree.

However - he might of brought a flu bug home from the show.
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Thanks everyone, the vet is going to come out tomorrow afternoon. She seems to think it's a cold/virus, but none of my guys have been vacc'd for strangles, so it's not out of the question :( But hopefully it's not!!!

She actually looked a bit better this afternoon when I got home from work - they had been in today because of the weather and when I turned them out she ran around for a bit and then started coughing.

Super Nova - it's both nostrils.

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Even if it's not strangles, I'd still quarantine her and keep things disinfected to prevent it from spreading to the other horses.

I have two horses that get allergies too, and it's always a clear discharge. I have not heard of "snot" caused by allergies myself.
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Hopefully it isn't pneumonia. Colds/flus can quickly turn to that. I had a filly come down with that. Didn't know it til I had the vet out and he took some xrays and she had it. He recommended not keeping her in a stall but blanket her and keep her outside for fresh air. Gave her antibiotics and probably took about a month before she got rid of it completely. Just keep her warm and wait for the vet. Let us know what the vet says.
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