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triciasolo

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triciasolo says:

nasal discharge

My new horse has developed a grass coloured nasal discharge and slight cough.  Antibiotics from vet has failed to clear this up.  Any ideas?

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: nasal discharge

Sounds like an infection.  I would get the vet back out.  Maybe get a blood test done??

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3MoodyMaresMum

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nasal discharge

Hi, I've jsut been through this with my TB, it started last winter, but was only now and then. Anyway since january she has had 3 courses of antibiotics, been scoped, been to Rossdales scoped and x-rayed but the decision was it is an allergy!  Initially it was some sort of infection tests from trachea flush showed loads of horrid germs.  So do get your vet back and get your horse scoped and a trachea flush done, this is where they put saline solution up the nostril and pull it all back then send to the lab for analysis, it can then be tested for sensitivity against antibiotics to establish which ones are the best to use.

My girl now has an inhaler for daily use and has improved, but what she is allergic too is a mystery, I think it is pollen because she is as bad out as in!!  Hopefully the winter will help this!

Good luck.

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triciasolo

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triciasolo says:

Re: nasal discharge

Thanks for all your replies, but it definately looks like grass and not your usual green/yellow nasal discharge indicating infection.

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ImogenBurrows

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Re: nasal discharge

triciasolo said:

Thanks for all your replies, but it definately looks like grass and not your usual green/yellow nasal discharge indicating infection.


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This would imply that there could be a commuincation between the mouth and nose, or that the swallowing mechanism is not functioning properly. 

How long have you had the horse and did you have it vetted? I would get the vet to check the mouth really thoroughly with a gag to make sure there are no communications through the hard palate.  Cleft palates are very uncommon in the adult horse but can be over looked if they are small. ON the other hand dental problems can result in the hole forming either into the nose or sinus and this might cause the discharge. 

I would also recommend scoping the horse to check how the horse's swallow reflex is and have a look at the back of the throat etc from the inside. Is the horse eating ok or playing with or dropping food? Is the discharge only grass or hard feed too?

 

 

Imogen Burrows BVetMed MRCVS

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