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post #11 of 13 Old 07-16-2009, 10:20 PM
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If there is no abscess I would get the vet out immediately because a respiratory infection can go to pneumonia in no time and from experience it is not fun to deal with or cheap.

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post #12 of 13 Old 07-17-2009, 06:28 PM
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The most common causes of equine respiratory disesae are Equine Influenza and Equine Herpes virus---what you describe could be either. Both are highly contageous and both often clear up on their own but they can also have very serious outcomes. Your horse needs to be quarantined and RESTED until all symptoms disappear. You should also be monitoring his temperature at least once a day--in the morning because outside temperatures will affect the reading.

Equine Herpes virus can mutate into a neurological form and is a HUGE issue. Influenza breaks down the physical barriers that help prevent respiratory infections and make secondary bacterial infections and deadly pneumonia more likely. Horses who have influenza are recommended to be rested for 1 week for each day of fever due to the damage it does to the lining of the respiratory tract.

There is no specific treatment for either of these infections because they are viruses, but your vet may recommend an anti-inflammatory to deal with fever and possibly an antibiotic if the nasal discharge has become mucousy which could indicate a secondary bacterial infection.

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post #13 of 13 Old 07-18-2009, 04:41 PM
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We have some kind of flu going around the barn right now in the horses. It started with a 3 yr old then kinda spread like wild fire. My friend is using ZEV, its like buckleys times 10 for horses and its working wonders on everyone. You can buy it, in canada anyway, at the feedstores or tack stores in a gallon and you just gice 30-35 cc of it in there feed or in there mouth. The 3 yr old was coughing up mucus balls and had a cough but after she gave him the ZEV he was better after a few days. That stuff works great.
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