My horse has had a bit of a runny nose sort of on and off over the past few weeks. I looked it up in a horse sense book and it said if it persists seek vet help. Should I be worried or is it quite normal?
My horse gets a runny nose this time of year too. I think its a combination of the cold weather and having hay be their only source of forage. I have just started to clean inside her nose every once in awhile, I think it helps. If it changes color get green or yellow and thick (yuck) I would call the vet. As long as it stays clear I wouldn't worry too much.
Thanks heaps. Although it is summer here..i live in australia but grass and chaff is all he is getting...im not worried he hasnt had a cough or anything and no breathing problems just a runny nose...but thanks
A runny nose can be from any sort of irritant--dust, pollen, etc or it can be due to a bacterial or viral infection. Viral infections especially can last for weeks. Bacterial infections tend to cause a colored nasal discharge while viral tend to cause clear or slightly white nasal discharge. You can also have a viral infection with a secondary bacterial infection.
A persistant runny nose or one accompanied by lethargy, change in appetite, coughing, fever, etc would be reason for a vet exam.
I found sulfa drugs that I picked up at my feed store really cleared up this problem, and rosehip powder in his daily feed every few days, has kept it from coming back. Rosehips are also good for lung function.