Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Resaca, Georgia
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feed/water/grass coming out mare's nose...HELP!
Help, I need your Vets hats put on!!
This post is about our mare Maggie... I am going to ask anyone that has had a horse have water/feed/grass coming out the nose please read on and help me.
Before anyone says "call a vet" we have! Our equine only vet has been to the barn 3x, and we have taken her to UT equine Vet hospital in Knoxville with No real answers. Here is the quick version of the story.
We went on a ride at a state park and kept our horses in a public stall, then about 16 days later my mare came down with a "bad snot nose" vet was called for her, by the time the vet got there 1 1/2 days later she was much better but my hubby's mare was feeling horrible.
Maggie, Hubby's mare had 105 fever and you could tell she was feeling really bad, she had the snot nose also. Vet diagnosed probable cold/flue type virus which made sense because the mare that was feeling so bad was younger and didn't have as much immunity to virus'
The vet was going to come back in 4 days to give her another shot of antibiotic due to the bad snot nose. She did, by this time the mares fever was fairly normal and you could tell she still felt bad but not horrible, BUT... she had started not eating well, and water/feed/grass was coming out her nose when she drank/ate. she was coughing due to aspirating some of the feed/water. Our vet suggested taking her to one of the university hospitals due to we could not rule out strangles and since it was so contagious the place our vet wanted to send her to that was close could/would not take her due to they didn't have quarantine stalls in case it was strangles.
We loaded her up and took her 3hrs to UT in Knoxville, they did a scope and could find NO REAL reason she was having the feed/water come out her nose. And nothing was unusual!
BUT... they did rule out strangles, herpes, bacterial infection. from the swab and bloodwork done.
We have been home 6 days and she is still having "blow back" every time she eats/drinks. 2 days ago she started feeling MUCH better and really ate great. THe amout of snot/water/feed is less. Our vet has been back out to give her a 3rd antibiotic shot. and suggested since it was not strangles and she seems to be pretty much over the "cold/flu" part we could take her to a close vet hospital and do x-ray(UT hospital did not do an x-ray) . Our vet called and spoke with another vet and he said he has had horses do this and slowly get better without ever finding out why....
MY QUESTION.... has anyone had anything like this... if so what happened???? . We have already spent about $1000 on her and while we would spend more if needed, we really don't have it to spend. We just want to hear from anyone that has something similar happen.