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Snotty nose in morning coughs a little when starts work bright

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snotty nose in morning coughs a little when starts work bright eyed and eating well, also full of beans in herself do I need to get vet out or just monitor situation
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Vet replied 11 months ago.
Hi there, vet Andrew here. I assume you mean a horse, as the questions don't come in categorised. Could you provide the following details, please:1. Age, breed, sex.2. Previous medical problems.3. Any others affected.... And I'll get straight back to you.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
age 8 mare conemara only had her 4 weeks passed a vetting 4 weeks ago new to the yard . we did have a virus at the yard in the summer cough/ snotty noses affecting some ponies but not since then . however I have noticed a few ponies coughing over stable doors this week,dont want to worry yard owner by asking her as her mum had a stroke on saturday so delicate time .
Expert:  Vet replied 11 months ago.
OK, thanks. Given that she's bright otherwise, and the mucus and cough seem to accumulate at night and clear during the day, my feeling is that she's developed a touch of allergy, possibly to hay mites/dust. The best way to manage this is:1. Soak her hay for 10 minutes before feeding.2. Try to muck her out/re-straw with her away from the stable.3. Consider lightly wetting the straw bedding.4. Try (I know this isn't always easy) to source clean, dust-free straw - the dust will travel so if her airspace is shared then you may be getting problems from adjacent stables too.5. If the problem persists, consider a eucalyptus-based feed additive. Your local feed store should have something appropriate for a mild condition such as hers.6. If the above fail to shift the problem, call your vet out. They may well prescribe Ventipulmin (opens airways) and/or Sputolosin (breaks up mucus). I hope this helps - please don't hesitate to ask further questions.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thankyou thats a great help will change her management .
Expert:  Vet replied 11 months ago.
No problem. Regards, ***** *****
Expert:  Vet replied 11 months ago.
Hi again. I hope you were happy with my answer - if you have any further queries relating to this problem please post them here. Otherwise, please rate my answer so this session may be closed. All the best, ***** *****

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