In Depth: Evaluating the Upper Respiratory Tract (AAEP 2011)

Veterinarians have fine-tuned numerous methods for evaluating the upper respiratory tract for abnormalities.
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Performance horses can develop a host of upper respiratory problems that can cause exercise intolerance, abnormal respiratory sounds, and poor performance. Fortunately, veterinarians have fine-tuned numerous methods for evaluating the upper respiratory tract for abnormalities. An equine surgeon recently reviewed these in a presentation to veterinarians at the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio, Texas.

When to Evaluate

Brett Woodie, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a surgeon and owner at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Ky., noted the veterinarian first must decide when an upper respiratory examination is indicated. Consultation with the horse’s owner or trainer is important, he added, as the veterinarian needs a complete history is to determine next steps

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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