I think my mini might have heaves, should I take her to the vet?

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I think my mini mare, Star, might have heaves. Should I take her to the vet? I am doing research on how to care for a horse with heaves, but do I need a vet to tell me if it is heaves or something else?
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Is there anything else it could be? And is there any supplements you’d recommend for horses with heaves?
 

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Not even sure why you think it is heaves. How long have you had her? When did any symptoms begin? When do they manifest, what triggers? Have you checked her temp? Have you changed hay/feed recently? Her pasture? Her bedding? Is she eating & drinking normally? What do you normally do with her?
Is anything else it could be?
YES. An infection. A growth. An allergy. That's why you should go to a vet, to find out. But vet will need info as above. Some things can be determined by blood testing.

Let us know how she's doing.
 

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Not even sure why you think it is heaves. How long have you had her? When did any symptoms begin? When do they manifest, what triggers? Have you checked her temp? Have you changed hay/feed recently? Her pasture? Her bedding? Is she eating & drinking normally? What do you normally do with her?
I think I’ve had her 3 years. I started noticing symptoms at the beginning of this year. Normally she starts coughing when she eats something a little dusty. About a week ago she got a tiny bit of old hay that she wasn’t supposed to have, and then she started having little coughing spells, and after she would just walk around a bit she would be breathing really bad. She lives outside all the time (with shelter) and she’s been in the same pasture for a few months. Yes, eating and drinking normally. When you ask what I normally do with her, I assume you mean how she gets her exercise? I do some liberty, trick training, I take her for walks, and ground drive her. I haven’t been giving her much exercise since she ate that bad hay a week ago, since it makes her breathing difficult.
 

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YES. An infection. A growth. An allergy. That's why you should go to a vet, to find out. But vet will need info as above. Some things can be determined by blood testing.
Ok, thank you. Apparently all the vets where we normally take the horses are on holiday, so today I’m calling a mobile vet that can hopefully come look at her this week.
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I will 😊
 

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I'm truly thinking allergy issues...especially with hay reactions. You might want to try rinsing her hay just before feeding. Certain pollens from plants and trees can trigger them, just like for people.
 

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