I think bubbles has an infection or cold?
Well to start off with, yes I have run the vet, but he is extremely busy at the moment so can't come out right now, and the last time I rung a vet he was hopeless so I am NOT ringing that one again.
Bubbles is 25yo tb mare, and it is summer here at the moment, so very warm. She has thick green snot coming out of one nostril, some days worse than others, and some days its clear snot, but it's been quite nasty for around 4 days now.
Every night she is fed chaff, gumnuts and garlic to help keep it clearish, which is working but god help me if I forget to put garlic into it.
It does work a bit, but I know she will need antibiotics, hence why I rung the vet.
But until the vet is able to come out, does anybody have any suggestions? It is starting to sound really bad when she breathes, like she is gunked up all the way down. She is paddocked up the road completely on her own, atleast half a km away from the nearest horse, so no others can risk getting infected. but can it be passed from her to me to another horse?
Oh and to add, she is not being ridden now because it sounds bad when she breathes just walking around the paddock so there is no way i am getting on right now. I did however take her inhand for a walk about 500m up the road and back because she gets bored in a paddock on her own. she enjoyed that.
Sounds like she needs an antibiotic
Could she have a tooth abcess? Phantom had a tooth abcess once that we didn't know about because he was still eating his feed so we thought it was just a cold but it wasn't going away. He had icky green and smelly snot coming out of his nose it was horrible! I agree with the above poster with nshe might need antibiotics. The vet will be able to tell you for sure.
I would say give her an antibiotic but my fear with that is, depending on what the problem is, an antibiotic may make it worse because that may not be the right treatment, such as with strangles (although this does not sound like strangles).
I would do daily temp checks and bute for pain but as for the cold. I don't know what advice to offer. Check her temp though because if she's running a fever you will need a vet.
We rung the vet yesterday but if he isn't able to come by the weekend then I'm going to do some research and find another one.
The last vet we had out last time this happened just looked at her and said "oh give her such and such a powder in her food" He didn't take her temperature or even look at her up close, I was discusted. And the antibiotics didn't do anything, but that time it went away on it's own.. A long time after the course of antibiotics had finished, like a few weeks after, but it wasn't affecting her breathing that time.
The 3 of them are due for a dentist check anyway, now to find a dentist that's not the local one, I have heard he won't drug them to do it, and I don't know what Mitchell is like with that and he's a big boy I don't want any beating of my horses if they get scared (Yes beating other peoples horses is a common thing for "professionals" here)
Phantom's wasn't smelly smelly but it attracted the flies so that's when we knew something was up and it was more than a cold.
I gave her a manuka honey sandwich last night, half as a treat, half as medicinal purposes. My thinking being that manuka honey is medicinal on humans, and one of my friends has a warmblood who got a cold and she gave him manuka honey each day and that helped, so hopefully it might atleast slow the progress down if nothing else.
She should be on air a lot, on the pasture or at least with open window. Walk with her, it's good for her lungs if she starts to breath more deeply and cough out. Wet her hay and other food, so the dust will go out. Check when you gave her something for parasites (it could be lung worm). You can give her linseed (cooked!)...
I hope everything will be okay with her :)
I got told by a friend it might be good for her to have a good trot with me onboard to blow it all out, but if it's that deep in her that her breathing is funny I don't agree to getting on her at all let alone trotting etc.
I have taken her for a few walks down the road and she finds all sorts of random things to sniff about at and ends up blowing some snot out doing that :lol:.
She doesn't have hay at the moment but I do wet her chaff down, and because she is on a hill and she is older she gets a sheet on at night and when it rains, she feels the cold.
I wormed her 2 weeks ago so hopefully it's not that.
The vet has changed now, he was originally going to come out next wednesday but he has another thing to do in my town tomorrow so I get the day off school as he is coming out at 11am (yay, bubbles doesn't have to wait another week:D)
I run out of garlic so I put some manuka honey in her feed last night and it seems to be helping a little bit.. Plus she likes it :lol:
We had a 2 year old that had green snot - a lot of it. He also lost a LOT of weight in just a few weeks, and started getting scabby sores all over him. He went from being slightly ribby to looking like a walking skeleton in a month. We had already wormed him, and kept upping his feed (his appetite was great), but he just kept losing weight. We were feeding him alfalfa pellets and beet pulp, plus all the grass he wanted.
Took him to the vet, who gave him an antibacterial/antifungal bath and checked his liver enzymes. What a mess - poor guy couldn't metabolize the alfalfa properly and toxinx were building up in his system that were slowly killing him. The sores were from sunburn - the poorly functioning liver left him photosensitive and his immune system was weakened so that a general infection had set in - hence the horrid green snot.
Vet gave him a shot of long acting antibiotics and told us to take him off of anything that had alfalfa in it. (Do you know how hard it is to find feed products for horses that don't have alfalfa in them?) Now the poor guy is stuck with timothy hay pellets, beet pulp and oats. Fortunately our hay is just native grass/bermuda grass prairy hay - no alfalfa.
After a month of being alfalfa fee, the weight was really coming back on and the green snot was gone. Although this has been a bit of a long narrative, I guess my point is could she have developed a sensitivity to something you are feeding her?
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