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post #11 of 18 Old 12-18-2011, 01:06 AM
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Keep him comfortably warm - take his temperature twice daily - if it starts to go up or the snot becomes a deeper yellow or green then he has a secondary infection and will need the vet for antibiotics.

Damp his hay and feed from a bowl on the ground to help the nasal passages drain. Hand walk him or turn out during the day - definately don't ride im, until his nose is clear and he is no longer coughing. A little Vicks Vapour rub at the base of his nostrils will also help. If he is rubbing the snot onto his legs then clean them up and apply a good layer of vaseline to them so that it doesn't stick.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-18-2011, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, good advice. I was going to try the vasaline on the legs tick but by the time i'd cleaned all the mud off his legs he had taken to trying to kick me anytime i went near them.

The BO kept him inside today out of the wind, plus away from the herd. I took him for a little walk when i was there. He's coughing more than yesterday and his snot is gooey but still white. I also tried to get a temperature on him but he was dancing around like a loon, i'll try again when he's being fed tonight.
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-18-2011, 07:26 PM
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Does your barn have a quarantine area? Any new incoming horses should be quarantined for decent length of time (varies depending on people) to prevent things like this from occurring. I also suggest separating the sick ones from the others.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-18-2011, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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They have a sort of quarantine area but unfortunately one of the new horses (my friends) came in last month and was immediately ill (he got sick at training and they didn't think to keep him there until he got better, a few of the horses at the training barn were sick). He was put out in a small field by himself and brought in to his stall at night. I think whatever he had is what my horse has, i was very careful not to let them near each other but i think the new horse was introduced to the herd too soon. They only left him alone for a week after he was symptom free, i think it should have been longer.

My horse is now being left in his stall by himself in the dusty barn for goodness knows how long. I wish they'd put him out front int eh small field so he could at least get some air. He's probably going to go nuts after a while and kick the stall apart. :(

I'll call the vet tomorrow morning and discuss maybe getting some antibiotics to help clear it up quicker.
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-19-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

Vet is coming out tomorrow, when i called him and told him about Phoenix's symptoms he seems to think he knows what it is. He didn't exactly say "yes, this is what it is..." but he hinted that there's some virus going around and once he's checked the horse over he knows what to give him to make him feel super and well again.

I'm glad i called my regular vet instead of going with the one my friend used, her vet went around in circles for 6 weeks before the horse even started to improve.

I went to check on him tonight and he seems less annoyed by the whole situation, he just seems tired, he yawned a lot. The BO turned him out in the round pen today and he kicked his heals up for a while so i guess hes feeling slightly better. I also got a chance to finish grooming him since he repeatedly tried to kick me yesterday when i was trying to clean his legs/fetlocks. I got a change to investigate the dried on mud and once i started pulling it away i noticed how bad the hair/mud/grossness smelled. I decided to cut away some of the longer hair to make removal of mud easier once he's back out in his normal field. i think tomorrow after the vets been i'll wash that area on his legs and let it dry when he's stalled. It just didn't smell good. I checked for wounds and didn't find any.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Another update:

Phoenix has the flu w/ secondary bacterial infection. He's also got a high fever whih we're going to control with bute. He got 2 injections of excede and i have to give him another 2 on saturday. Once the snot is gone he should be all better.

My friends horse is sick again too so my vet looked at him. He also got excede and i have to give him 2 more shots on saturday too. It was fun, the vet showed me how to give the shots and let me practice. Although the excede is like glue so it's hard to push through the small needle. I got it though :)

So now the barn has 2 sickies and potentially 15 more since my friends horse has been in with the herd for over a week and i think he's still infectious because he didn't get better the first time he was sick.

The BO is going to hate my friends horse, poor phoenix is an innocent bystander who got ill.

Question, with a fever should i blanket or not? temps here are around 45 down to maybe upper 30s at night when he's inside.
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 07:08 PM
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He definately needs to be kept warm and preverably out of draughts - make sure he has a very deep bed so that he can lie down in comfort. A blanket would be ideal to keep him at a comfortable temperature. Like humans with flu he will go hot and cold as his body deals with the infection so you will need to keep an eye on this.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I'll go out tonight and stick his blanket on and leave instructions with the BO to check him in the morning and either leave it on or take it off if he's too hot. I'll check his temp again tonight to see if it's gone down any with the bute.
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