Following the recent outbreak of 3 more cases on the 6th February, Animal Health Trust and the vets at Galley Hill Equine Surgery are urging all horse owners to remain extremely vigilant and be aware of clinical signs. This symptoms include:
- Swollen glands under the jaw
- Nasal discharge (can be clear in colour too)
- Dry, harsh cough
- Fever (38.5+)
Symptoms can be very mild especially in vaccinated horses so please stay vigilant as equine flu is highly contagious! There is FREE testing for Equine Influenza at the moment which includes paired blood samples and a nasal swab so please contact the surgery if you are suspicious of this disease.
Our Veterinary Surgeons are advising for owners to check their horse's vaccine status and if any horses have not been vaccinated within the last 6 months to have a booster as soon as possible in order to maximise their chance of having protective immunity. We also advise owners that compete a lot or own horses that are immuno-compromised (young, old, pregnant or have Cushings) to be re-vaccinated if they have not been vaccinated in the last 6 months.
The vaccines we use at Galley Hill are 'Proteq,' which are in accordance with OIE guidelines and are recommended against the current circulating strains of Flu.