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  • My horse has yellow snot coming out of the nose
  • What to do about a horse with yellow snot nose

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    11-17-2010, 08:26 PM
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Yellow snot?

Lacey's nose has been kind of snotty lately, mostly her left nostril. And I know that yellow snot is bad in humans, but is it bad with horses?

It's clear and yellow, and not very thick but it is getting her nose kind of crusty... I'm going to try to get the crusties off tomorrow (she was really worked up about life today so I couldn't just run into my house to grab one and leave her tied outside briefly) with a warm wet towel...

She's acting fine so I'm not too worried about her... I'm unable to take her temperature because I don't have a thermometer, but I'm realizing that that's something I probably should get soon since I've been realizing more need for one than I had originally thought. Haha

It has been kinda cold (high forties during the day, low forties at night), really windy for here (like you go outside and within ten minutes your hands hurt from wind chill), and it's been rainy (that kind of nasty driving rain that bites at you), so I suppose that it's possible that the change in weather could be messing with her snot factory... Haha She's also blanketed, currently with her heavy blanket since she seemed cold with her midweight on (it was basically cold under her blanket).

Does yellow clear snot warrant a vet call? Or is she most likely fine?

Also, what kind of snot is "bad snot?"
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    11-17-2010, 08:41 PM
Green Broke
After my six month run of treating snots, all snot is bad snot.
You can try treating with anti hist, but get a thermometer and check her temp and make sure her glands aren't swollen.
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    11-17-2010, 09:20 PM
Originally Posted by cakemom    
After my six month run of treating snots, all snot is bad snot.
You can try treating with anti hist, but get a thermometer and check her temp and make sure her glands aren't swollen.
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i agree but if it keeps up.. get a vet out...:(
    11-17-2010, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
Yes, I thought I said that, too many things going on at once. I wouldn't go more than a week. Our seemingly nothing snots wound up taking 4 vet visits, a culture and 5 antibiotics to clear 6 months later, and about $1500.
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    11-17-2010, 09:47 PM
I say call now it could be really bad
    11-17-2010, 10:14 PM
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Ok, I guess I'll buy a thermometer tomorrow and then give the vet a call tomorrow after I take her temp if it's off at all, just to be safe. And then if it's normal tomorrow, just keep tabs on it and call them by Monday if she's still snotty (haha).
Dang, I hope I don't have to get the vet out! That would be twice in under two weeks. My wallet does not like this idea, at all.

Could I just get a human thermometer? Or does it need to be specifically a horse one?
    11-17-2010, 10:28 PM
From what I know you can most definitely use a human thermometer as long as it's a rectal one and don't get the glass one... breaks too easy.
    11-17-2010, 11:19 PM
You might also check for lumps along her face/jaw - I had a snotty one a few years ago in one of my old horses and he was having a problem with a tooth.
    11-18-2010, 01:56 AM
Sometimes a snotty nose can be strangles also, have you got a new horse recently or has she traveled recently. Strangles is highly contagious too.

It can be anything so I say yes and call vet out with it being yellow snot.
    11-18-2010, 03:10 AM
Green Broke
Sorry to hijack Wallaby but what if your horse gets clear snot?
Buzz often gets runny noses I put it down to the weather because its always cold when he gets them, would that be a cause of them.
It's just clear fluid.

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