Before I start I would like to clarify that a vet is already involved. I just wanted to see if there was anyone out there that might have an idea of what might be going on with my horse.
Last Sunday I first noticed my horse acting really lathargic. She was still eating, going to the bathroom and no fever. She was just acting depressed. On Tuesday she started leaving pellets in her bucket but was still eating the majority of her feed and all of her hay. By Wednesday she had completely stopped eating her hay and pellets but was still going to the bathroom and no fever. I called the vet and they told me a virus was going around and to just give her bute and if by Saturday she didn't start eating to call them again. So I gave her bute everyday and on Saturday she looked a lot better. She was even nibbling on her hay. By Sunday I was not satisfied with how she was eating and discovered a lump under her chin (or the area between her cheek bones). Called the vet and he said he was coming out Monday so he would take a look at her. He came out looked at her told me she didn't look sick enough to have strangles and again mentioned the virus. He did take blood though to test for strangles.
It is now Tuesday and it has basically been a week since my horse has eaten her pellets, she now has a temp of 103, and she has thick mucus coming out of her nose, the lump has also grown. I have called the vet again and am waiting for him to call back. She will eat carrots and apples and she is eating most of her hay but she won't touch the pellets. I am wary to believe that she has this virus that is going around. There are horses at the barn that have gotten sick and better but my horse is still not well. I really hate seeing my horse basically starving herself while we wait for the blood results.
I was just wondering if anybody knows what these symptoms might mean or if they have an ideas of what this could be. Again, I have called the vet he is involved and we are awaiting her blood results. I just thought I would post this to see what peoples opinions are.
Sorry for the novel and I appreciate any opinions.
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