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post #11 of 13 Old 01-08-2018, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ATh View Post
Perhaps that is why the vet wasnt much for give antibiotics.

I remember that I bought some of that some years ago for my self. Dont recall why. But it smelled at looked odd. So I never took it. Well a horse is not that choosy, I think.
It isnt cheap here. But that goes for everything that says horse on it.
It doesn't have to say horse on it :) Plain old spirulina for humans is fine. I suppose it isn't that cheap, but you use very little of it (around 1 tbsp per day) so it lasts a long time. Yes, it smells and tastes pretty horrible - I had some in a smoothie once. So add it just a little bit at a time so he gets used to it.

Antibiotics probably won't help unless there is an infection present.
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I assume that his temperature is normal, when he has these flare ups. If not, you have to look at getting a culture
Since the discharge is clear, I doubt guttural pouch infection is a possibility
That leaves allergies. Often, in allergies the eosinophils, a type of white blood cells are elevated, thus a simple white cell differential, might be a place to start

Being a human lab tech, a CBC and differential, would be a place I would start
Lymphocytes are elevated in viral infections, neutrophils in bacterial infections and eosinophils in allergic response

Here is a paragraph from a link I will post:

'An elevated WBC count usually indicates infection or inflammation, and a closer look at the specific types of cells can yield clues to the type of process at work. “Usually if there is some kind of infectious disease, one or two types of white blood cells may be elevated,” says Wilson. “If it’s a bacterial infection like pneumonia, the neutrophil count may be elevated. If it’s an early stage of bacterial infection, we would see a lot of immature neutrophils in the blood, because the body is putting out a lot more of them to try to fight the infection.”

Also, says Arbittier, “The percentage breakdowns of different WBCs can help diagnose an allergic or parasitic process if one particular white cell, the eosinophil, is high.”

I would not just do shot gun therapy, but go for a diagnosis first, but that is the lab tech in me!
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Here is a little video I made. Try to ignore the ambient noise. Dont know how to get rid of that.

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