Q: Despite medication (Ventipulmin and antibiotics) my horse has
had a persistent cough for months following a cold. He lives out
and the cough did improve slightly after antibiotics, only to return.
think the cause of your horse's cough may be a mixed infection with
bacteria viruses and other micro-organisms in the throat and lungs.
The antibiotics helped initially but some part of the infection
has returned causing the could to start again.
The key to speedy recovery is to improve the way the body fights
This can be
done with herbs to boost the immune system and enhance the action
of antibiotics. Simple herbs such as Echinacea (picture above) can
be excellent at the start of such infections. Echinacea is an antiviral,
antibacterial, immune-boosting herb. Most herbal companies can supply
products containing Echinacea.
as garlic and thyme are also well known for their antiseptic
properties. Often the key to success is to use such plants as food
supplements early on. If keeping the airways open is of concern some
supplements and neutraceuticals can also be helpful in this regard..
Did you know
Thyme has an expectorant action and antiseptic qualities making
it ideal for coughs and chest infections Thymol (the volatile oil
in thyme) is toxic in large quantities, so use with caution. Do
not give thyme to pregnant mares.
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