Weanling cold?

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  1. Sassy_Frazzle

    Sassy_Frazzle Senior Member

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    I thought my 4 mo. old filly (beung boarded at the breeder's) was over a cold, but it reared its ugly head again this morning with a snotty nose (white/clear mucous) and slight gurgling sounds when she exhales, and coughing.

    She isnt the only one that has it, there are at least 4-5 other nearly the same age weanlings, penned separate from her, that have the same symptoms. I had her on some PenG (15 ccs 1x a day for 7 days) and within a few days before her last shot, her nose had stopped running and the gurgling sound cleared up. I had started her on that to prevent infection in her lacerations (on a separate post) via the recommendation of a local vet, who actually wanted me to go 2 weeks at that amt. with the PenG. However, after getting a second opinion from my vet back home, she said that if the pen G hadn't cleared up the symptoms within 5 days of starting that much PenG, that it was viral and it would have to run its course.

    So its been about 1 to 2 weeks since I quit giving her the Pen G, and the cold is back. I know it isn't strangles, because I have unfortunately had to deal with that in my older horses and these arent the same symptoms. Plus it is only seems to be limited to the weanlings. There are horses of numerous ages (2 yr old and up) stalled within somewhat of a close proximity to the sick weanlings, and none of them are showing symptoms.

    My question for you all is, should I talk to my vet back home and see if she would suggest me putting her on some SMZ's or other antibiodics to see if that would clear up the cold? Or should I just let it run it's course and watch her?
     
  2. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    If it is through all the yearlings I would have a vet out to check and treat them all
     
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  3. Sassy_Frazzle

    Sassy_Frazzle Senior Member

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    The breeder says that the closest vet (15 mins away on a good day) is only good for shots, but diagnosing and managing issues is apparently not that vet's forte. That vet has also been out to do coggins and shots on 2 of the weanlings he has sold, and didn't mention anything about the cold in them or any of the others. The nearest horse experienced vet is 1 hr away and I guess they charge like crazy for mileage.

    That is why I contacted my vet from back home in MN. I will take my filly's temp this evening to see if it has went up, and if it has, I will then call my vet to see what she says I should do. If I can get the ick cleared up in my filly, I am sure the breeder would be open to treating the rest with the same stuff to get them cleared up as well.
     
  4. mooselady

    mooselady Senior Member

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    I'm sorry makes no sense to me, if everyone is ill, everyone should get treated, and by a vet who has actually seen them. LOL neither does it make sense asking opinions on a forum, where I'm guessing we have few qualified vets, rather than closest vet that actually has a qualification.....but that's just me.

    I lost a foal to pneumonia, that started off with just a snotty nose and a cough, I am jumpy on this one.
     
  5. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    Do not mess around with pnemonia. It is a killer, especially of youngstock, and the recently weaned are some of the most vulnerable.
    Get a good vet out, now. It will cost less than the heartbreak of a dead filly.
     
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    slc Senior Member

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    If this weanling is gurgling, this weanling does not have a cold. If this weanling has pneumonia, she needs more care than she's getting.
     
  7. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    It's just amazing to me how many incompetent vets the posters on these bulletin boards seem to all have. Just an incredible coincidence, I guess.
     
  8. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Honestly..I think you're incredibly lucky slc with the clinic near you, although I know it's not luck - you chose that location. Many of these vets they're dealing with aren't equine specialists and that makes a great deal of difference. Living in the country you usually wind up with a large animal vet and often the only one in the area - it's frustrating.
     
  9. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    I don't really think it's possible that so many people on this board can't find a decent vet. I know plenty of the locations where people are and there are plenty of equine vets in those areas. Good ones. Ones that other people have spoken very highly of.

    There's a lot of ''Oh I can't use so and so, he's an hour away", and ''my friend said he's no good'' and ''I didn't think a vet was needed'' and ''my mom and dad won't let me call the vet''.

    I think a lot of it comes down to just not wanting to call the vet. Call the farrier, call the chiropractor, buy a thousand dollars worth of do-nothing supplement, anything but call the vet.

    Also, I've talked to vets about many of the comments attributed to vets on this bulletin board. Not one vet even believes these things were said by a vet, even an incredibly incompetent vet.
     
  10. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Senior Member

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    You forget that not all vets are even accepting new patients, and around here, no vet is going to drive an hour away for a client unless they moved after they joined his roster.
    I called four vets. Two flat out said I was too far away, one was not accepting new patients, and this forum has helpfully insisted the remaining vet is useless and incompetent.
     

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