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post #1 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Question White nasal discharge in 8 month old foal!

Hi All,
I've fostered 2 foals from a horse rescue, they arrived Saturday evening! (filly is 6 months old and colt is 8 months old) both are underweight and havent had it easy! in saying this they really are the friendliest little things that need loads of TLC! while doing the am feed this morning i noticed that the 8 month old foal has a white discharge from his left (my left as i look at him) nostril. Do I need to worry or could it be the stress of traveling etc? Please Advise!
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 06:16 PM
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i would call the vet. better to be safe then sorry. good luck
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 08:48 PM
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I've seen a little white discharge from my horses nostrils every now and again. Along with goober eyes. It clears up quickly, so I guess its a horsey "cold".

I'd wait a day or so and if it doesn't clear up, or gets worse, I'd contact my vet. Green discharge is indication of infection, so watch for that... Take their temperatures as well...yes both of them because what one has, its likely the other has as well... to monitor if they have a fever. Also watch their water intake and appetite.

and good for you for taking them on! You should create a "Journal" here that we can follow and get progress updates. And see pictures.
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We have a weanling of similar age and she has had the crusty face (goopy nose and runny eyes) all winter. She has been on antibiotics and all, but the runny nose is clear/white so no infection. She is eating well and is at a good weight. She also gets a foal immune boost in her feed.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-05-2014, 11:52 AM
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If possible, I would quarantine both of them, just because I would be paranoid about Strangles. Are there any other symptoms showing? Swollen lymph nodes at the throat? A primary symptom of strangles is ***** nasal discharge, and it can be brought on as a result of stress and a lowered immune system.

Saying that, it's probably just a cold, and nothing to be too worried about
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-07-2014, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys
Thanks a mill for the replys! Claporte I waited a couple of days as you suggested and it resolved itself! I reckon it could of been the stress of traveling that caused it! Took temps of both and and Bens was slightly elevated and Annas was normal she didnt seem to get anything yet even though she looks the weaker of the 2! they're just so fragile at the moment!! Water intake and appetie is good! Journal is a fab idea too i may look into it!! Its like I'm a new mother all over again lol!! either way how could you say no!!
Saddleup immune boost was great idea i went out and got one straight away! a herbal one thatsgentle on their system so thanks for that!
IndiesaurusRex like you strangles concern me! they came to me from quarantine and so i put them in quarantine when they got here just in case! No other symtoms showing so fingers crcossed its not strangles!
stacysills02 vet was next on my list so thank you :)
Thanks a mill guys really appreciate it!
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