Better information makes for healthier horses,
Horseadvice.com is where equine science and horse sense intersect.

Discussion on Normal 4 month old weanling temperature is ??

Use the navigation bar above to access articles and more discussions on this topic.
Author Message
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Debra Moe
Member
Username: Dmoe

Post Number: 7
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, Sep 8, 2003 - 9:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just purchased a 4 month old APHA weanling filly for a song at an auction. She is showing signs of a respiratory infection (slight snotty nose - clear with yellow tinted, cough after trotting, noisy breathing) and have called the vet to come out this afternoon. In the meantime, I've taken her temperature 2x daily since Saturday. It was 101.8 Sat evening, 100.8 Sun morning and 101.8 again last night. I have given her 1/2 gram bute 2x day - (she weighs approx 400 lbs).

I've read here that normal temps are up to 101, some other sources say normal for a horse are up to 100 but 102 for foals.

Does she have a fever?

Could stress alone raise a horse's temperature w/o actually having a 'fever'? I've isolated her for 3 weeks until I"m sure she's not contagious. She's within sight of my other horses but calls to them quite a bit.

Thanks for your help!
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

JANETTE MCDOWELL
Member
Username: Westks

Post Number: 41
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, Sep 8, 2003 - 10:25 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have one question why are you giving pain killer for an infection? penecillian or sulpha tabs would be a wiser choice.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message

Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Moderator
Username: Dro

Post Number: 9055
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Sep 8, 2003 - 6:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Whoa Janette,
In this age of increasing antibiotic resistance, resistant pathogens being spread into the environment from antibiotic treated animals, the possible complications of antibiotic use (colitis, anaphalaxis, neurotoxicity), and the much more common cause of respiratory infections being do to virus's (not treatable with antibiotics) and not bacteria, reaching for antibiotics everytime a horse has a fever or snotty nose is NOT the wisest decision. Also bute, in judicious doses, is perfectly rationale as it also lowers fever makes the horse feel better and improves appetite and drinking.

Debra, just click on Quick References (top of the navigation frame on the left). Then select Lab Values/Vital Signs. You will find the ranges of normal. However high fevers are not often a sign of serious disease and no fever does not mean there are not serious problems.

More important is general condition, how the horse is feeling, and the results of a good physical exam. Sadly many vets take the same position as Janette above, worsening the problems I outline above and having little effect on the outcome of the majority of infectious diseases. I would like for you to review the article on Equine Diseases Respiratory System Foal Pneumonia: Rhodococcus. It is not that common (you will see 1 for ever 200 viral URT disease you see) and a bugger to diagnose but should be looked for and a reason for specific antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately neither sulfa nor pen will touch it.
DrO
Post a Message to this Discussion
Posting
Instructions:
Full Service Members may post to this discussion and should address the orignial poster's concerns or other information posted here. New questions about your horse should be started in a new discussion. Use the navigation bar at the top of this page to return to the parent article and review the article and existing discussions. If your question remains unanswered "Start a New Discussion", the link is under the list of discussions at the bottom of the article.
Post:
Bold text Italics Underline Create a hyperlink Insert a clipart image

Username:
Password:
Options: Enable HTML code in message
Automatically activate URLs in message
Action:
Home Page | Todays Discussions | Search | Top of Page Administration
  http://www.horseadvice.com
is The Horseman's Advisor
Helping Thousands of Equestrians, Farriers, and Veterinarians Every Day
All rights reserved, © 2014
Horseadvice.com is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Horse Training in Stokesdale NC