two horse in my herd have a yellowish runny nose. do I need to call the vet?
Type of Animal: horse
Name of Horse: Tundra
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Are these horses still eating well? Any coughing? Is the discharge from both nostrils?
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Both coughing mostly when eating. Both still good appetite One has been coughing for about 6 weeks, runny nose from both nostrils started about 2 weeks ago in him and 1 week ago in the other.
Thanks for the info....Yes, call your vet. It appears that you now have a respiratory infection that has spread to another horse and is contagious. Make sure to isolate these 2 horses from others if at all possible and have your vet examine both horses and your vet will prescribe antibiotics to help these horses get past this infection. Since this has been going on for awhile with the first horse, it is apparent to me that this horse needs help and the immune system has not been able to fight this off.This is a common period for upper respiratory infections due to weather changes and it is safer for your horses to treat this to be sure it remains in the upper respiratory tracts and does not become a pneumonia.Good Luck!
any chance this could be stangles?
Strangles will usually start with enlarged submandibular lymph nodes which are under the jaw and if you do not see this, then this is most likely an upper respiratory infection and not strangles.
25 years experience in treating horses