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post #11 of 27 Old 12-16-2017, 02:41 PM
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What labwork has been done? Has your vet swabbed and tested the nasal discharge to see if it is a strep infection? Have tests been run for the common upper respiratory viruses? (Could be a combination of infectious issues.) Has a full oral exam and head x-rays been performed? Has your horse had his guttural pouches scoped?

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post #12 of 27 Old 12-16-2017, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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He has been fully examined and scoped. Guttural pouches are clean. Blood work and swabs done. Just strep. Neither vet felt a head xray was necessary.

On the plus side I've seen a bit of an improvement the last few days. Virtually no nasal discharge, and less coughing. His appetite is huge right now and he has continued to gain weight, and we are now 5 days off antibiotics. So here's hoping he's on the upswing.
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Sometimes the irritation in the respiratory tract takes some time, and may need extra help, to subside. How does your dr feel about some dexamethasone injections to calm down the inflammation? It took my stallion quite a while before he was himself again.

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I'll ask her Monday. It's so nice to see a little improvement.
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I'll ask her Monday. It's so nice to see a little improvement.
I know what you mean. I was so upset when Skippy lost all that weight, lost his little padded forehead and everything. I was THRILLED when he got all padded up and muscled up again.

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post #16 of 27 Old 01-05-2018, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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About 2 weeks after I took him off antibiotics with vet approval(last wednessday) he started coughing and stopped eating very suddenly. My one vet is on holiday. At my local vets recommendation we put him on a course of naquasone. It's done tomorrow. Hes able to eat some now, but coughing like crazy. I have a specialist appointment Monday to rescope.

I strongly suspect an abscess.
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Glad he is picking up.

We had a Strangles outbreak at the riding school many moons ago. Most were fine but several contracted it including a Welsh pony that had been used as a stud. The owner of this pony was insistent that he was stabled and boy, was he sick. He stopped eating and drinking and we could see he didn't want to live.
One of the owners, a very wise woman, told me to take him out to the Downs and turn him out with the other infected animals, she would deal with the owner.
I led him out, a 15 minute walk took me over an hour with him coughing and staggering. I turned him out with the others and thought I would find him dead in the morning.

Not at all, although gelded he was still a bit 'studish' and had cut out the mares and was busy keeping them for himself.

Some take sickness harder than others.
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I put him down today. Turned out to be a case of throat cancer, in my 3 year old baby. Very expensive to operate on and a super poor prognosis.
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Oh no @BlueSpark , I'm so sorry to hear that. Did they say if that was extremely rare in a horse? I know we all tend to second guess ourselves in times of sadness but I think you absolutely did the right thing. I think it would very hard for a horse to come through throat surgery and then be able to keep them eating enough during the healing process to keep them healthy.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. How devastating.

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