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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2012, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Snotty, maybe blocked nose

Hey everyone, I'm new here. One of my horses, a miniature mare called Baby is a rather unhealthy little girl. For 2 or three years, since I bought her, she has had a runny nose. I've had countless people come and check her out to try and find what is wrong. She has it all year round, night and day, all and any weather. Her last owners had her a year and also had many people look at her to try and figure it out, never stop for them either. Unfortunately they failed to tell me this when I bought her and cleaned her nose not long before I got there.
It's getting worse as she gets older even though she is only 5, apparently she was neglected as a foal. Now a days, she can't breath out of one nostril, if you block the other, you can just feel the air pushing against your hand. It is constantly running. Her eyes sometimes get gunky too, but most of the time there are obvious causes, unless her nose gets really bad, then they start running too. Just curious to know if anyone out there has ever had this before? It isn't contagious, my gelding and two other mini mares are all perfectly healthy and have been paddocked with her for a year or two know. Anyone out there heard of this before or seen it? I hadn't until Baby came along but surely someone else has.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-19-2012, 07:45 AM
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Were any of the people who looked at her a vet? It seems a simple scoping could easily find her problem.
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Yes, three maybe four vets altogether. What is involved in a 'scoping', would it stop her nose running so much or just unblock it for the moment. no one has suggested that? Would you have any idea what that might cost? Thanks for the idea, I will ask around the clinics to see if they do it.
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They pass a thin tube with a camera on the end (endoscope) up the nostril. They can see the inside while it moves along & they look for anything abnormal, like a wound, something stuck, tumors, infection-all kinds of things.
It's not a cure but it is a way to find out what is going on so they can work on a cure.
They will often use a light sedation.

The cost will vary in different areas but it shouldn't be that much.
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Scoping is endoscopy. Just a camera on a wire basically. Cost me $70 to have Flickas guttural pouch scoped.
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Thanks both of you for info. I'm waiting on a call back from one of the vets in my area, hopefully they can give me a price. I'd be so happy to have her breathing properly.
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