Coughing horse

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Faxie, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Faxie

    Faxie Well-known Member

    My boy is coughing, it's a deep dry cough, possibly related to allergies and vet thinks progressing towards an infection this time. So he is on Mucoprim antibiotic power for respiratory infections. He is happy, bit quiet, temp, resps, gum etc all normal. Eating, drinking as normal. Had the cough about a week. Started Mucoprim last night.

    During the dry summer of 2010/2011 he had a similar problem, was scoped and had a lung wash which came up allergies (we had dusty hay the time that I was feeding as a roll) removed the cause and had major improvement.

    Just thought it worth putting up a thread to see if anyone else is having similar issues. I think it might be hay related. So am soaking hay to see if makes a difference. Then plan a process of elimination.

    He is a on simple hard feed of lucerne & wheaten chaffs, sunflower seeds, lupins, khonkes cell provide. Compressed oaten hay which I admit isn't the quality it should be. But as everyone else is just coping with the hay quality this year or lack thereof..

    Really hoping for a super hay year this year!!!

    Any thoughts? Has anyone found any other ways to manage and/or feed supplements that can assist with these problems long term?
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012
  2. kp

    kp Well-known Member

    My warmblood suffers with allergies also. He was out of work for 3 months when they first became a problem. Feed alterations don't seem to make any difference for him.

    I have found the best way to help him and keep the problem under control is, clenbuterol. I'm surprised your vet hasn't recommended this product. It does have a withdrawal time for competition also. I also give him Dex orally. I find if I begin treatment in the very early stages he responds very quickly. I have also found a product called clear a cough to be very effective also.
  3. Faxie

    Faxie Well-known Member

    Thanks kp, exactly why in posted this in order to get a response from someone like you! I don't compete so it wouldn't be a problem really. What does the clenbuterol do and is it given orally? And do you combine with the Dex? Is 'clear a cough' vet prescribed?

    Time for more googling... :p
  4. kp

    kp Well-known Member

    You can get clear a cough from bio johns.

    Using Dex and clenbuterol together makes both products more effective. Clenbuterol can given mixed in feed or orally. Whatever is easiest. You can't keep them on clenbuterol all the time. Usually week on week off. It can get expensive so I use it when necessary. Watery eyes is usually a good indicator as to when the cough will start. I have found with experimenting that using the three products together most effective for my horse. The clear a cough seems to reduce how much clenbuterol and Dex I need to give him. I find my horse worst in autumn and winter for some reason.

    Unfortunately treating allergies in horses is not well understood and seems to be a balancing act. Guy Lester from Murdoch has given me very good advice when dealing with these issues. Unfortunately treatments are limited.

    I have also tried the herbal route with my horse. None of these have made any difference.
  5. South Boulder Boy

    South Boulder Boy Well-known Member

    We use clenbuterol powder in their night feed and Claire gel in the morning. Also we make sure all feeds are dampened enough to remove dust ( run water through hay, watery molasses through hard feed) and run sprinklers over any dusty sand.
  6. Faxie

    Faxie Well-known Member

    Thanks gals. He's out there playing with his paddock mate this morning so that's really good! Still coughing but not as much. Another thing is he is also a very itchy horse, no skin reactions at all but he does love to scratch! I wonder if there is a link... Will be speaking to my vet over next day or so. It's good to write this down and chat to others as it just helps nut things out, cheers :)
  7. kp

    kp Well-known Member

    There will be a link. My horse also has very itchy skin. Especially when he gets hot. I clip him in winter to stop from being so itchy. Mine can also come out in hives. Dex prior to exposure to grass seems to work best for mine. I basically never have him unrugged to stop the itchiness. As soon as I do, he is itchy to the point of scratching until he bleeds.
  8. Faxie

    Faxie Well-known Member

    Whoa that is itchy kp! My boy isn't as bad as that just enjoys a scratch but doesn't seem to be annoyed by it. Doesn't come up in lumps or anything. However, a few months ago for the first time in the 9 years I've had him he was bitten by a bee and had a very bad allergic reaction, hives etc.. Hmmmm. Will be chatting to my vet for sure. Let you know what our planned course of action is.

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