My friends horse, who I care for, has had 4 incidents in the past 1.5 weeks where I've noticed a bloody discharge out of his left nostril only. The horse is around 30 yrs old but doesn't look it. Actually waiting on IR/cushings test results as I write this because he's had a few abscesses. Anyway, the discharge is almost like a clearish/yellow chunky snot with bloody mixed in. Definitely not just blood. I've told my friend that I'm concerned and that I'd recommend her calling the vet. Any ideas of what could be causing this??? I'm worried.
Same thing happened to my mare this past weekend - bloody snot left nostril only. I called my vet who is checking on her today. This happened a few years back and I took my mare to the hospital to be scoped and thoroughly checked. Vets couldn't find anything. Back then the pollen count was horrendous just like now and that's the only thing we could come up with. I always worry about GPM but I've been told both nostrils will bleed. I am taking my mare to the hospital next week for some other stuff so I may have her scoped again. Rather be safe than sorry!
Your friend should really consult with a vet as it could be nothing or could be a sign that something more serious is going on.
"When a horse greets you with a nicker & regards you with a large & liquid eye, the question of where you want to be & what you want to do has been answered."CANTER New England
I agree with the others - time to get the vet out. I have cared for a horse that got a gutteral pouch infection and it didn't end well. On the other hand, I had an older lesson horse that got a tiny bit of blood in one nostril. Everyone thought I was overreacting as he showed mo signs of pain or distress, but after the gutteral pouch thing, I called the vet, and the horse ended up needing to have a tooth pulled. He was just fine after the tooth was removed.
Time to call the vet: anything other than bright red arterial blood coming out of the nose on a dry day is cause for alarm. (Because yes, horses can get nose bleeds just like people do, mine has, as has someone's hunter at the same barn, but it is JUST blood and is usually accompanied by a dry, windy day, and the horses running especially hard in turnout or something).
I agree with the bad tooth/guttural pouch ideas, but it could be anything... have heard of horses shoving sticks up their noses and ending up with weird infections too. Time to check it out. Good luck! Hope it is nothing serious.
If you need me, I'll be outside battening down the hatches... for the holidays, not the rain.
Vet was called and will scope the horse tomorrow. Vet is thinking tumor as we are having trouble getting this horse to eat despite acting like he's starving. He takes a few bites and walks away. Then today he went to roll and couldn't get his hind end up under him and kept falling back down. This horse has never had trouble getting up before today. Now we are thinking this all might be connected. It sucks when animals get old!
SOrry to hear I was going to say that I am in no way a horse expert, but if it was a dog or cat I would be worried about a nasal carcinoma (cancer). Here's hoping Im wrong and it's a treatable infection.
My guy had this same thing last summer. He had quite a bit of discharge at times and then a few times had blood out one nostril. We scoped for the guttoral pouch but it ended up being an infected tooth. The discharge that came out of his nostril did not have any bad odour at all. I would def have a vet out but I agree with others that are leaning towards infected tooth. Good luck to your friend!
Unfortunately, the vet appointment had to be pushed back until Monday. In the meantime, the horse has an abscess in his right front hoof and is very lame! The farrier was out yesterday and wants an X-ray on Monday as well because he thinks the horse has also foundered. Depending on what the scope and X-ray finds some decisions might need to be made. Having an older horse sucks!