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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: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago.
Thankyou thats a great help will change her management .
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years ago.
No problem. Regards, ***** *****
Expert:  Vet replied 2 years 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, ***** *****