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Tami
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Username: tamarag

Post Number: 129
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 - 1:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Everyone

Well I got my paint mare that I have wanted forever. She is a little 4 yr old. I have named her Tess.

I have never gotten a horse that I have had to trailer for a long distant. So I have a couple questions about a problem with her.

Tess was in a trailer for about 3.5 hours. Went from a wet area at 200 feet elevation to our's which is close to 3700 feet dry conditions.

I picked her up on Friday. She has a mild cough and snotty nose which is a little yellow. Doesn't seem to be off her feed, but I am sure that is all completely different also. Poop was VERY dark when until yesterday afternoon, now it is more along the lines of my horses.

I know that she has not had any vaccines in the last 6-9 months but was wormed a month ago. She was taken as money for a bad debt.

Should I be doing anything special for her right now. I am keeping her away from the crew.

TamiBella Rosa's Miss Tess
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Tami
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Posted on Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 - 2:25 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Going to change it from a cough to a sneeze.
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Tami
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Post Number: 131
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Posted on Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 - 6:16 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just took her temp and it is 103.8. I gave her some Bute to get the fever down.

Is there a good chance this is just due to the move and long trailer ride? This was a very nice totally enclosed horse trailer.
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PattyB
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Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 - 7:41 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Tami.

Tess is beautiful, looks a lot like my Arabian/Paint Ziggy...who turned 6 in May.

My very first thought was to call the vet on Monday morning. Some things you are safe to deal with on your own but IMO, a snotty nose with fever is not one of them. Your vet would know what is in your general area of the country and may want to come see her and/or have you run a course of antibiotics. I am real big on calling the vet any time I'm not sure what to do...and I let him make the decision on whether to come out or not. Some things are better off nailed from the beginning rather than waffling with try this or that. My concern would be a delay in treatment turning a snotty nose and fever into pneumonia. Your vet would be the best one to ask, I would call first thing in the morning.

Good luck, please post updates as you have them, I will be thinking of you and Tess and wondering how she's doing.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Monday, Jun 22, 2009 - 8:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Tami,
It is clear that your horse has a upper respiratory infection and while the trip did not cause this, traveling while infected can potentiate the infection and is a common history for horses that develop lower respiratory complications.

For a complete presentation on URT infections in horses see the article Diseases of Horses » Respiratory System » Fever & Cough in Horses. It should answer most your questions.
DrO
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Tami
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Post Number: 132
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Posted on Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 - 8:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello

Well the fever kept bouncing between 102.4 to 103+ so I called the vet in today. He said her lungs were starting to have a little rattle. So he put her on an antibiotic. Hope to see improvement in a couple of day.

I think it is going to work. When I made the appt this morning, I was able to get Bute and some antibiotic I had on hand down her. That was around 10:00. Her temp had gone down to 101.2 at 4:30 the hottest time of the day for us. So that is good.

Tami
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PattyB
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Post Number: 195
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009 - 9:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Tami.

I was looking for an update from you earlier today so thanks for posting one. I'm really glad your vet came out to see her so you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Be sure to follow his directions and don't stop the antibiotics until they're gone unless he tells you otherwise......sometimes people stop a few days after the horse is feeling better rather than finish out the prescription..which is a big no no.

I have my fingers crossed for you and Tess, please keep us posted.

(((((Tami and Tess)))))
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Tami
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Posted on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2009 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Patty B. Tess is doing so much better today. Two doses of daily antibiotic's is kicking this. Her temp was down and she is being a little bossy today. Which is a whole new side I am seeing :-) Doesn't want her temp taken.

Move a few panels around to get my mare that is due any time away from Tess. I am praying for a healthy baby and mom. But after what happened this spring, I am on pins and needles waiting.

It was funny, while Dr Jared was talking to me. Zoe came and laid down right in front of us and started rolling. I said ok, she is telling you something...get it out of here!
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