This is a viral infection that is incredibly infectious and dangerous.
- Increased temperature.
- Nasal discharge.
- Loss of appetite.
- A persistent cough.
- Breathing difficulty.
- The horse should be rested and stabled to allow them plenty of time to recover.
- The use of antibiotics is often used.
- The use of bronchodilators is also used to assist the horses breathing.
- Horses usually fully recover within 3 to 4 weeks.
- Horses should be vaccinated against equine influenza this is where one initial injection is given followed by a secondary injection that occurs after 21 days and before 92 days later, the horse will then have a booster 150 to 215 days later and then every 6 months to one year thereafter.
- These injections must not be late or the vaccination card will be invalid and the whole course must be started again.
- The vaccination card must be filled out by the veterinarian and must relate to that horse. When the horse is transported or taken to competition the vaccination card must accompany the horse at all times.