There have been a lot of posts lately where horses have odd symptoms such as unusual leg swelling. Horses are so darn wierd, that things like lower limb edema can actually be symptoms of something more serious. There have also been posts of horses off feed. Not eating can be a symptom of many things including pain and infection.. Both which can show up with a temperature.
Many, many times I have noticed a horse looking just mildly strange and surprise! Whopping temperature.
So please... Get a thermometer and use it. Your vet will appreciate your knowing if your horse has a temp or not when you call, and sometimes it might be the only solid clue that something is amiss.
"Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
--- The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.
Agreed. I got a really nice digital one from Valley Vet for a reasonable price--maybe $30 or so. Sure beats the old-fashioned kind! It even has a little strap to put around your wrist so the horse doesn't suck it in.
Also take your horse’s temperature for a base line before your horse gets sick! I found that the cheap little thermometers can range wildly in temperature readings! The one that I use regularly red between 96-99 degrees while the one my vet uses reads between 99-100 degrees.
~\"Think today so you will be here to think tomorrow\" Burma Shave~
Now ain't that the truth. And I'm one of the worst offenders, and I've worked for small animal vets for 30+ years. Ya think I'd know better?
Out in the early a.m. today, digital thermo in mopey horse-100.5. This afternoon 100.2 So far so good. But it took my horse vet saying to my face--watch his temp.
Thanks for the PSA!
If my horse even looks at me funny, I get the thermometer! I lost my friesian last year with what began as an 'unexplained fever'. It went away. Had another a month later. Again.. went away. The third time, he went to the hospital.. ruptured internal absess (that had probably leaked the two fevers prior).. he went septic.. and I lost him.
My new boy, straight off the plane from Holland.. arrived with a fever. Guess what? Shipping fever which went to full blown pleuropneumonia.. 2 weeks in the hospital.. and then 2 1/2 months recovery on BIG antibiotics before he was well enough to complete his journey home. Began with a 'fever'.
I swear.. before long, he will see the thermometer and just move his tail aside...
I keep horses normal temps and weights posted on the white board in the aisle. Any new horse has temps taken daily for 2 weeks when they first arrive. I always do a TPR when they seem the least bit off.
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant
Depending on the time of year I take temperatures alternate days to weekly to in the winter only if someone is NQR. We have had PHF on our property for the past 2 years so I am very diligent during the most dangerous time of year.
And guess what? Last year the horse who got sick had stocked up in the back legs a few days before she developed PHF symptoms but the day before she had been gallivanting with her sister and I chalked it up to that. All's well that ends well as she survived, however now everytime someone stocks up without an obvious cause I check their temperature....The year before 2 horses got sick and neither stocked up so I wasn't looking for it. Now I know better.
Editing to say I prefer the old school mercury thermometers for accuracy, the strain of PHF we have in our area does not cause the typical high fever, and when I had checked last year's sick horse with the digital it read on the high side of normal, and I do suspect if I had used the mercury thermometer she would have had an official fever.
When I am doing routine checks I use the digital for convenience and if something arouses my suspicion I verify with the mercury.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.