If medications alone are not enough to reduce your horse’s fever, your veterinarian might suggest alternate methods of cooling him down. “Often we try to cool the body in some other way, by using fans or cold hosing, to help increase evaporation over the entire body,” says Nolen-Walston.
What do you do if your horse has a high temperature?
It’s always best to call a veterinarian when a horse has a high fever. A horse with a fever of 105 or higher may have strangles, Potomac Horse Fever, equine influenza or another infections; viral infections tend to produce higher fevers that bacterial infections. Endotoxemia may be another cause of fever.
What is a high fever for a horse?
“An adult’s normal temperature will range from 99 degrees to 101 degrees. Once you get over 101, for most horses, that would be a low-grade fever. For clinical studies, we often define fever as greater than 102 degrees. Foals will run a little higher than adult horses for the first several months of life.”
How long does a fever last in a horse?
Symptoms in horses occur one to three weeks after infection, and begins with a fever that may reach as high as 106 °F (41 °C). The fever usually lasts for 24–48 hours. Nervous signs appear during the fever that include sensitivity to sound, periods of excitement, and restlessness.
What is an abnormal temperature for the horse?
Hyperpyrexia – An excessively high temperature, greater than 41˚-43˚C or 103˚-105˚F. At this reading, the horse’s body temperature is so high it could be detrimental to its bodily functions. Subnormal – Below the normal range, a cooling down of the entire body, between 36˚-37˚C or 95.5˚-99˚F.
How can you tell if a horse has a temperature without a thermometer?
To estimate your horse’s body temperature without use of a thermometer, use your finger to assess the temperature of the mucous membrane inside the lips, at the corner of the mouth. Compare your estimated reading with a thermometer reading twice on 10 different horses.
What is swamp fever?
Equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever, is a potentially fatal disease caused by a virus that can infect all types of equines, including horses, mules, zebras and donkeys.
Do horses get a temperature with colic?
Horses suffering from colic rarely have a fever. So if your horse does have a fever (anything over 101.5 F. ) the colic is probably secondary to something else. The horse’s GI tract is very unique in a lot of ways.
How many times a year do you deworm a horse?
Each horse should be dewormed every 6 months with an Ivermectin product (Spring and Fall). Ivermectin is a larvicidal (will kill parasite larvae), and if used every 6 months on each horse, large strongyles will be eliminated from your farm.
Can I use a human thermometer on my horse?
Any thermometer used for people can be used for a horse, but it’s helpful to have one specifically designed to be used for livestock, because they come equipped with a string to attach to the horse’s tail. This prevents the thermometer from dropping onto the ground, or from disappearing into the horse’s rectum!
Which horse is normal at rest?
Read the temperature. If it falls between 99–101°F, your horse is in normal range. Figure 2: Measuring a horse’s rectal temperature. If your horse has been at rest before the temperature was taken and the temperature is higher (or lower) than 99–101°F, call your veterinarian immediately.