When Horses get the Flu: Equine Influenza
As much as you try to keep your animals healthy, they will inevitably get sick once in a while. It’s a natural part of life, and when it does happen, it’s essential that you figure out what’s wrong with them, and take them to the vet so that they can get sorted out.
Much like other animals, horses are prone to their own type of flu, known as equine influenza. This flu can easily pass between horses, but it can also be picked up from elsewhere, such as from horse food that has become contaminated. While it’s not always possible to keep your horse away from potential sources of equine influenza, there are steps you can take to ensure they make a quick and full recovery.
Firstly, it’s important that you pay attention to your horse, and its behaviour, in order to spot signs of equine influenza early. You should already know your horse quite well if you have had them a while, so any out of the ordinary behaviour should be treated as a sign that something is wrong. Any changes to their normal habits should be noted, since normally horses are very regular with what they do.
Should your horse become sluggish, or they have an out of the ordinary appetite or thirst, this is one of the main symptoms of illness. Keep an eye on your horse at meal times- if they aren’t eating as much as they normally would, and are particularly lethargic, then it’s best that you take them to the vet to get your horse checked for equine influenza.
Equine influenza can come on very quickly with horses, more so that with other animals, and it can be a very serious condition- so contact your vet as soon as you think that something might be wrong. Usually the problem can be treated relatively easily by a professional, and it’s the best way to ensure that your horse makes a full recovery and gets back to their normal self. If you spot any of the above symptoms, then it’s better to be safe than sorry, so arrange an appointment with your vet as early as possible.