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post #11 of 23 Old 01-24-2012, 06:53 AM
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Have your vet scope him. It sounds very much like a soft palate problem.

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post #12 of 23 Old 01-25-2012, 01:44 AM
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In fact, an antibiotic like Penicillin, administered partially or incorrectly, can do way more harm than good, surpressing the initial infection and setting the horse up for secondary infection.
I have to agree with this. Using antibiotics improperly- not giving a full dose, not finished the course of antibiotics properly, or using them when you think there might be something that would potentially respond to antibiotics is a bad idea.

If might save you time and money in the short run- but you run a serious risk of antibiotic resistant infection setting in which is even more costly and arduous to treat- and the antibiotics used to treat such infections occasionally present the risk of serious lasting problems such as renal or liver damage in and of themselves.

I would get a vet out to check him before doing ANYTHING if it were my animal. Just going ahead and giving antibiotics isn't terribly ethical if a vet did tel you to do that IMO- but I also do mainly cats and dogs not horses- not sure what is "standard" in the horse world.
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post #13 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have started wetting his feed down. I found a vet that sounds like a good one, a friend of mine who raises horses recommended him but he can't see him for another 2 weeks. He did say if it gets worse bring him in on an emergency visit but until then soak his feed in warm water before giving it to him. Yesterday and today he has not coughed one time. I read on another page about a horse choking because its feed, with him not coughing with the feed moist, I'm wondering if that is actually the issue. Maybe its sticking in his throat? Its a dry pellet feed. I'm still keeping the appointment regardless on if he stops coughing or not, won't hurt to have him looked at either way. I have not given him any medications, only his regular feed and his normal grazing/hay. I may have over-reacted from the looks of it (I hope)
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post #14 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:21 AM
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cowgirl,has he always been on a pellet feed?
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post #15 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Not as his primary feed. When I got him he was on probably 80-90% oats with a tiny bit of sweet pellets.
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post #16 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:40 AM
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how long have you had him on pellets and if you are feeding a grass hay,how dusty is it?
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post #17 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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since December 17, 2011 when he was returned to me. He is on 24 hour Bermuda/native pasture. It gets bad dusty when even a breeze picks up due to the rodeo company across the road from us, their fields are eaten down to nothing but loose dusty dirt.
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post #18 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:49 AM
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that could be a part of it,but while you are waiting on your appt.,why not try a 50lb sack of a different type of pellet feed.
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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that's a really good idea. I will pick some up tomorrow, what kind would be best? I'm used to older horses and rescue horses that are in really bad health (I ran a rescue before my pregnancy). I'm not used to a horse in seemingly perfect health doing this.
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post #20 of 23 Old 01-26-2012, 12:59 AM
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if you have it around you,try a bag of super-glo.and it has a good fat content to it.do you know what feed dealers you have up there,like purina and others?
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