Continuously running nose is not normal

I have a 5-year-old ASB mare with a runny nose. I bought her when she was a 2-year-old and her nose has run since I've owned her. The local vet seems to think that she might have polyps in her nose.I have a 5-year-old ASB mare with a runny nose. I bought her when she was a 2-year-old and her nose has run since I've owned her. The local vet seems to think that she might have polyps in her nose.

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lowder:

I have a 5-year-old ASB mare with a runny nose. I bought her when she was a 2-year-old and her nose has run since I’ve owned her. The local vet seems to think that she might have polyps in her nose. I have not had a x-ray done, but I did try a series of antibiotics which the vet gave me. They did not seem to help.

When her nose runs it is usually a white/cloudy color. It seems to run worse if I try to work with her. But also runs in the pasture/barn, just not as bad. Sometimes however it seems completely dry. What do you think? Could it be just an allergy?

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Susan R.

Susan,

I would have a good examination done if you really want to know. This examination should include a good oral examination, x-rays of the sinuses and teeth and an endoscopy of the nasal passage. It is not normal to have a purulent discharge of this duration without some serious being wrong. Rule outs include sinusitis, guttural pouch empyema, guttural pouch mycosis, severe pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia, retropharyngeal lymph node abscessation, nasal polyp, granuloma, tumor, etc.

Good Luck,
Dr. Lowder