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post #1 of 5 Old 02-21-2017, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Why is my horse coughing?

Hi,
I was wondering if any of you know why my horse as recently been coughing. I understand horses cough every once in a while, but it seems like my horse is doing it just a little bit more often than she used to. She coughed a couple of times when she was tacked up and I was just about to ride her. Than I noticed her cough again today. Could it be dusty hay? (We have other horses that don't seem to be affected if it is) She also recently has had diarrhea which I have been treating that like sand colic using psyllium. Could they possibly be connected. Should I just get the vet out? Has any any of your horses had this problem? If so, What was the diagnoses?
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-21-2017, 05:02 PM
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Get your vet out. She could have a respiratory infection, an allergy, heaves, or an obstruction causing her to cough. Your vet will be able to see what other signs there may be that are causing it.
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Ditto get your vet out. Coughing can be brought in by any number of things.
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Thankfully I heaven't t heard her cough since I posted this, but I will still give my vet a call and see if he wants to see her. I will give him an option if he thinks he should see her or not, because like I said, she hasn't coughed that much, I had just noticed it more than usual. Thanks!

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-25-2017, 09:11 AM
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I'm late seeing this and hope all has now "returned to normal" but a combination of coughing and the diarrhea would have me on alert of "something" is happening possibly.
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pysillium treatment works from the adding of fiber but if not a vet visit is really needed.

Coughing and runny poop could mean many things, some of which should not be ignored...

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