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Equine Flu – The Basics

Posted by on Jun 19th, 2015 and filed under Equestrian News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Taking Equine Flu Seriously

The issue of looking after your horse in the middle of winter keeps coming around full circle and it normally is a hot talking point when the weather begins to get cold and blustery in the run-up to Easter time.

As part of all of this kind of set-up, the issue of equine flu is one that raises its ugly snotty infected head and it is quite astounding just how few horse owners take the whole issue of equine flu.

To many, it’s just another cold or other ailment that the horse will probably shake off once they are in good enough health and having been eating all their supplements.

But the equine influenza is a virus that will not respond well to any kinds of medicine. Because it’s a virus, then it needs to run its course and it can’t be treated by using some antibiotic treatment. It’s a viral disease and one that will spread rapidly and affect the respiratory system. If your horse becomes infected, then it will tend to try and shed the virus in droplets that are thrown out of the body by repeated coughing and hacking or nasal discharge.

Every horse is vulnerable to equine flu

Every horse is vulnerable to equine flu

There are some cases where the infected horse will not develop full blown symptoms even though he is carrying the virus and passing it onto other horses. In other words, for many male horses infected, there are no outwardly-visible signs and yet your horse could be passing on the virus to other horses with whose paths are crossed.

The solution – as with all viruses – is vaccination. It’s not difficult to find the vaccination as it’s normally available throughout the veterinary world in the United States.

There are, of course, some key symptoms to look out for. These include coughing, runny eyes, muscle stiffness, loss of appetite, nasal discharge and high fever.

In order to lessen the chances of the disease taking hold and spreading too quickly, it is also important to keep hygiene practices going well throughout and without stopping. This is consistent with good organic pest control – something that is always desirable when one cannot run the risk of having a fly infestation on your hands. Flies getting rid of them are the key to succeeding at keeping the disease at bay. Organic mosquito spray should be applied liberally and isolation practices ought to be considered if he isn’t really getting any better.


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