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    Horse has a cold .. What do you do ??

    My 3 yr old gelding seems to have a cold, I DID have him checked by the vet last week when he had his teeth floated and the vet says his chest is clear - he has quite a bad cough an a minorly snotty nose that is creamy colored. (He does not have strangles) The vet said he sees alot of this at this time of the year and doesnt want to give him antibiotics because he says it is viral and the antibiotics wont do anything for him. He does not have a fever and otherwise seems to be okay but
    THE PROBLEM IS >>> he is supposed to be going to the US for training on
    October 26 (just over a month away) and there is no way he will pass a health check to cross the border right now.
    What would you do to help speed his recovery ? Should I keep him inside or is he better off outside ? It is not that cold here yet and he does have a shelter outside. The barn is heated and sealed so may trap in the germs. Any advise would be appreciated otherwise I will have to cancel his training. The trainer is leaving for the US and wont be back til march so if he cant go it would really suck .
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    There is nothing that will really make it go away faster. They do make a series of herbs for respiratory health, some feed ehinacea and vitamin C, but no research really proves this to help. They also have decongestants that might help clear the mucous sooner, but if you have the vet sign a form that it is just a cold and nothing worse, you may get across the border.

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    uhm if the chest is clear and there is no fever and the only issue is coughing and a runny nose I would say this is allergies and not a cold... I mean I am certainly not a vet and I dont want to try and say your vet is wrong but is there any chance here it could just be allergies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berlunz View Post
    uhm if the chest is clear and there is no fever and the only issue is coughing and a runny nose I would say this is allergies and not a cold... I mean I am certainly not a vet and I dont want to try and say your vet is wrong but is there any chance here it could just be allergies?
    This was my thought as well especially when you said barn was heated and closed up

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeggySue View Post
    This was my thought as well especially when you said barn was heated and closed up
    yeah since most allergies are caused by being penned up in a barn (hay, dust, mold etc). especially in a heated barn. To treat allergies its best to move the horse away from the barn, into a pasture and wet down their hay before feeding.
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    While it MAY be allergies, it very well may not. The cough and slight nasal discharge is very common with viral respiratory infections and 80% of respiratory infections are caused by Equine Herpes Virus.

    Your best bet to help your horse recover is to give him time off and provide a good balanced diet. These two things will give his body what it needs to best fight off a viral infection.
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    If he has good shelter outside, maybe he can live out for a bit. Keep an eye on his temperature of course, and give him some time off work too. Living out should help with the allergies and the fresh air will do him a lot of good. The health papers don't need to be done until just before he leaves, so you shouldn't have to make a decision until close to the date he will be leaving. Most colds like this take around 2 weeks to fully clear up. Your vet is quite right about antibiotics, by the way, using them when they are not needed will only promote antibiotic resistance in bacteria and they do nothing for a virus.

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    i had a horse with shipping flu once it was horrible i gave her 10mg pennisyline twice a day for 4 days and vet gave me pills and 2weeks she was good as new!

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    Turns out that he has the Rhino virus and the vet says he will be fine soon. I called someone from the barn he was at for training last month an it turns out all the horses there have the same symptoms as him, snotty nose and bad cough. It is a boarding stable and the month he was there 3 horses were brought in from the auction but no one really knows where it started. Thanks all for the advice.
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    Sounds like "auction cough". I had two horses get it as well from auction horses being brought in. I would personally keep him outside, isolated from the other horses (though not if that stresses him out), with all the quality hay he can eat. No exercise other than turnout, and make sure he's drinking a lot of water. You might want to call and postpone his training for a month.
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