How to recognize influenza in your horses and protect them from getting sick
Influenza (horse flu) is a viral disease of the horse’s entire respiratory system. It is highly contagious and endangers entire horse populations. Especially unvaccinated or improperly vaccinated horses run the risk of a severe course.
Typical symptoms include:
- fever (39.4°C to 41°C)
- loss of appetite
- strong, dry coughing attacks
- nasal discharge
- swollen lymph nodes
Anti-inflammatory drugs may be administered to reduce fever. In case of secondary bacterial infections, antibiotics are given additionally. Affected horses should be isolated and housed in completely quiet, dust-free and well-ventilated stables as absolute rest is the main component of therapy. Horses should not be subjected to strenuous exercise for up to 2 weeks after all symptoms have worn off.