June 29, 2012 07:15
Question: Hi, I have a 4 year old warmblood cross who has been coughing for 11 days now. I had my vet out on day 7 and he checked him over, temperature was normal, clear lungs, heart rate just a little high. He thought that it is probably a sore throat. Said the cough was non productive. There is only a little nasal discharge. He gave him an immune booster shot. the horse is still coughing. Recently I heard of a horse at my friends stable being put down because it had black fungus in is thoatjQuery152035582498520400896_1340975752383? What are the symptoms of that? Could that be what my horse has? do you have any suggestions for my horse. Thank you Danette
Answer: Hi Danette. Black fungus would be likely a little more apparent and the vet would have picked up on it. I’d say your on the right track to just monitor him and if it doesn’t get better in a few days have him rechecked. It’s not uncommon for a horse to pick up a virus that stays in there system for a few weeks or more and give a constant non-productive cough without any other signs. If your horse fevers or goes off feed or your really worried don’t hesitate to take him back to your vet for a recheck.