View Full Version : Horse with green 'phlegm' coming out of his nose?
30th December 2009, 11:26 PM
I realise, this may be silly, but a masive ball of 'phlegm' came out of my horses nose, abit larger than the palm of my hand (I have big hands)
He blew it out when I was taking him to his feild, and has done it a few times before.
I don't want to over worry but is this anything bad or is he just abit 'snotty' :D
30th December 2009, 11:34 PM
I think it was just thick liquid
31st December 2009, 08:20 AM
Don't want to panic you - but I would check to see if there are lumps under his cheeks/at the top of his neck as it could be strangles and an abscess burst as the pus from an abscess is yellow-green. It probably isn't but definitely worth checking just to be on the safe side.
31st December 2009, 11:54 AM
Id be getting the vet out if he was mine, chest problems can be tricky to shift and i would rather catch them early, check his glands like Lorraine suggested and maybe get the vet out to come have a check of his breathing and maybe get some anti-bis
My Crazy Clan
31st December 2009, 07:19 PM
I would have the vet out, you never know what it could be.
1st January 2010, 05:29 PM
If he has it again tomorrow I'd get the vet. Green phlegm usually means a bacterial infection. Is he feeling well in himself? Check his temp.
2nd January 2010, 07:30 PM
It's turned white, I have a horse book, and the white dripping out his one nostral suggests sinus infection from a tooth absis (or something like that). I will call the vet out, but any idea on the vet fee?
2nd January 2010, 07:36 PM
It depends on what they have to do. Our vet charges about £28 call-out plus £25ish for the examination. Then you've got any medication on top of that. I would think around £50-80 for one visit (just a rough guess though as we've never had to have a vet for something like that).
2nd January 2010, 09:17 PM
if you are signed up to a good vet then they should be happy to give you advice over the phone. Chine House in Sileby, Leicester are good for that specially when a visit isnt required but if one is they will tell you over the phone.
I have in the past come across a few horses that did similar to yours with their phlem mainly when stabled. Same as a previous post it was down to the bedding and the dust however one horse had a reaction to something out in his field.
I would certainly check for signs of strangles and if nothing else shows speak to a vet if for no other reason for reassurance. obviously if you do suspect strangles just get the vet out.
check the colour of his eyes, if they are not a health pink (not to pale and not to red) then he is poorly, might just be under the weather in which case just keep in eye on him but if worse then other symptoms will present themselves.
you know your horse best so trust your own jugdement.
5th January 2010, 10:53 AM
I am going to keep an eye on him, my mum was going to call the vet, but the nose dripping has stopped at the moment, but we are keeping a very close eye on him.
- He's stabled at night, and is out from 730 till 4 (while it is light) He sleeps in straw and has hay and maintinence feed (I'm allergic to the hay, and some of the straw bayles, I use my dads straw, what he uses for the cattle).
5th January 2010, 11:24 AM
Its possible that he may have had a sinus infection and the large green gunge has come from his gutteral pouch so look for swellings around his jaw and down the front of his face. If it is clear now and has stopped running and shows no other signs of being ill i.e raised temperature off his food, swellings in his glands or around his jaw or down face then it could be a sinus infection or he could simply have had a cold. My old mare had this last winter green gunge then white to clear stopping dripping from her nose. She is in her twenties so immediately rang the vet who suggested if no temperature, eating normally, no swellings and no cough then it was more than likely a cold but to make sure her hay was soaked and her stable was well ventilated but not draughty. Keep an eye on her and ring if I was worried in any way.
7th January 2010, 09:30 PM
Monts has been having similar - although not in such a large amount - but only when his hay's not been dampened down. We had vet out for his flu/tetnus jabs this week and she did his usual annual health check and everything was fine - not chest/breathing probs or anything, could yours be something like this?
8th January 2010, 11:00 AM
When I moved the girls, Ember got a really snotty nose, she was fine in herself.
Vet suggested that as they had just moved and because there was a slight swelling of her lymph nodes that it could be strangles. She had the tests done and was in for 2 weeks.
The tests came back clear and that it was a bacterial infection similar to strangles, but not as severe.
She was on antibiotics twice a day for 5 days.
I've just paid the vet bill and it was about £160 I think. That was for 1 callout and all the tests and antibiotics..
17th January 2010, 10:11 AM
my horse had this for months. it did not respond to antibiotics and they wanted to admit him for invasive tests to see if it was teeth, an abcess, or sinus . As he was old and arthritis with many other problems I decided not to put him through all that and had him put down. I agree with the others, get the vet. it is not normal and shows signs of infecton. good luck
19th January 2010, 10:38 AM
Since he has had his teeth filed - which were like knives they were very sharp (the vet got me to feel) it was digging into his teeth etc.
His nose has almost completley cleared up, I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but my vet checked him completley over and said he is fine, just his teeth.
Also, I'm only saying almost because his nose was a tiny bit runny today but no way to the extent it once was.
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