So basically he just has to ride this out like a cold? Did the vet say how long that might take? Good thoughts for Rio to get healthy again real soon!
Pretty much, yep. He said if we give antibiotics then there is a big risk of the infection going internal into his lungs and then he would be in bad shape. That is exactly what happened to my friend's horse over the summer. I forgot to ask how long it might take to clear up but this has been going on since Christmas so I would hope we are on the tail end of things here!
To be honest none of us are exactly sure still what is wrong, just that there is a big infection going on. Both pigeon fever and strangles are very contagious so I am quite surprised that the other horse hasn't caught it.
I'm arriving late at this party but as a horse lover I want to say that I'm happy you got a positive prognosis and wow, what a beautiful horse and photo! Hope things continue to go well with your "Mr. Crankypants."