How Pulmonary Disease Impacts Equine Performance
Pinch or put a kink in a hose, and water doesn’t flow freely. The same can be said for a horse’s airways, which supply his body with the oxygen it needs for energy production. And while other body systems generally adapt well to exercise, the respiratory system is less capable of doing so, making it an important one for veterinarians to understand and better treat.
“Horses need 100% respiratory capacity to perform at their best,” said Laurent Couëtil, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Couëtil, professor and section head of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Couëtil, who is also director of Purdue’s equine research programs and the equine sports medicine center, reviewed with veterinarians how pulmonary disease can impact performance at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas.
Energy required for muscle contraction is produced in two major ways, said Couëtil—via anaerobic or aerobic
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