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post #1 of 13 Old 07-16-2009, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation White (mucus) discharge from nosrals & a whopping cough - Treatments?

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I first noticed it on Sunday (5 days ago), he had a horrible wettish cough and white discharge from his nosrals (quite flowing). He got quite better as the day went on (heated up abit). I rode him yesterday over some excercises and when he was required to breath heavier the coughing got worse, which made me think it possibily could be respiratory related.

I was wondering if anyone has any Home Remedies for colds. . . Or any advice would be appreciated. (:

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-16-2009, 06:37 PM
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Sounds like Strangles, which is very contagious. I would keep him as isolated from other horses as you can. Consult your vet.
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Strangles? Possibily. But I doubt it, he gets yearly injections for strangels as we travel a fair way for comps. He is pretty much isolated atm, the last time he came in touch with a horse outside was june 6,7,8. . Atleast a month ago now. Could it just be a normal cold? It is winter here after all?

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It could be just a normal respitory infection. Keep him blanketed if he shows signs of fever and/or shivering. No work for him until the cough and mucous clears up. Make sure he's drinking plenty of water. If it seems like he hasn't, make him a nice hot mash of shredded beet pulp or hay pellets and rice bran with some electrolytes in it.
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Try adding garlic to his feed, my friend said it really helps to clear the sinuses.
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Check under his bottom jaw to see if there is an abscess if there is more than likely it is Strangles. The abscess will bust and it will be nasty looking. Vets here tend to not recommend treating with antibiotics opting to let it run its course. If it is and you do treat you much complete the treatment no skipping days or stopping treatment because the horse appears to be over it.
Strangles can be fatal however it is rare that horses die from it. I've dealt with it a lot its ugly and the horses are very sick for some time but they have all rebounded well with no lasting effects.
Also according to the vets here once they have strangles they never get it again.

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Try adding garlic to his feed, my friend said it really helps to clear the sinuses.
Thanks for that! Garlic sounds like it may work, well considering its reckonmended for us in the flu seasons.. Ill go give him a feed now.

Luvs2ride1979: Yes, he is fully rugged, tip to toe.. and he is well hydrated. He is nominated this weekend (sunday - 1day) for a hunter trial, ill have to scratch him. . Unless he improves dramitically.

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Check under his bottom jaw to see if there is an abscess if there is more than likely it is Strangles. The abscess will bust and it will be nasty looking. Vets here tend to not recommend treating with antibiotics opting to let it run its course. If it is and you do treat you much complete the treatment no skipping days or stopping treatment because the horse appears to be over it.
Strangles can be fatal however it is rare that horses die from it. I've dealt with it a lot its ugly and the horses are very sick for some time but they have all rebounded well with no lasting effects.
Also according to the vets here once they have strangles they never get it again.
Well there's no abscess!
He doesnt appear to be ' very sick', quite himself actually.
But thanks heaps :)

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If you are concerned enough about this to post it on this forum and ask about it, PLEASE call your vet and have it checked. Don't rely on information given to you on a forum for home treatments.

Getting a strangles vaccine doesn't mean your horse cannot get strangles. It could, or could not be strangles, but if the discharge is notable and the cough is that bad, call your vet.
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If you are concerned enough about this to post it on this forum and ask about it, PLEASE call your vet and have it checked. Don't rely on information given to you on a forum for home treatments.

Getting a strangles vaccine doesn't mean your horse cannot get strangles. It could, or could not be strangles, but if the discharge is notable and the cough is that bad, call your vet.
For sure. Im not lining it out. If symptons presist, I will contact my vet.

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