Dry Cough In Horses: What To Do

Dry cough in horses can be a sign of a more serious problem. It is important to understand what is causing the dry cough and what treatment your horse needs.


What Is Dry Cough In Horses?

A dry cough in horses is one without any mucus production. A wet cough, on the other hand, includes a mucus secretion in the airways.

Common Causes Of Dry Coughing In Horses

• Dust Or Debris • Influenza • Allergies • Laryngitis • Tracheitis •  Viral Infection

When Should You Become Concerned About A Horse Dry Coughing?

If your horse has been consistently dry coughing for several days, you should contact your veterinarian to see what the problem is.

Treatments For Dry Cough - For viral and bacterial infections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, steroids, or antibiotics. In some cases, a horse may just need rest and supportive care.

Understanding Why Your Horse Has A Dry Cough

Dry coughs can happen because of many reasons in horses including dirt or debris, allergies, influenza, laryngitis, tracheitis, and viral infections. 

Though an occasional dry cough is not generally anything to worry about, a regular dry cough is a cause for concern. Your veterinarian can help determine the cause of the cough and the appropriate treatment options for your horse.


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