What to do
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If your horse is showing signs of flu then the best thing to do is call your vet as soon as possible. If they also suspect flu, they will then be able to take a swab from inside your horse’s nose and send it to the AHT where we will test it for flu free of charge.
Horses shed the most virus in the first few days of infection, so the sooner your vet takes a sample, the more likely they are to get a positive test result. Paired blood samples are also useful for making a diagnosis, especially if your horse is not sampled for several days after it first shows signs of infection. Click here for further information about what we do with your samples.
Diagnosis and treatment
Once your vet has received the result, they will be in a better position to advise you on the most appropriate treatment and on the long term recovery for your horse. They will also help you identify other susceptible animals and suggest isolation strategies to limit the spread of the disease.
It takes between 50-100 days for the lining of the respiratory tract to fully recover after a horse has been infected with flu. During this period they should not undergo any stress or strenuous exercise as they will be predisposed to developing other respiratory infections.
A good rule of thumb is for every day that they had a temperature they will need at least a week off from exercise.