Diagnosing Respiratory Problems in Sport Horses
Frequent coughing, increased respiratory effort, and nasal discharge are obvious signs of pulmonary (lung) disease in horses. But not all signs are so apparent. In fact, said Renaud Léguillette, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, the less discernable clinical signs are what most frequently accompany equine lower airway disease, making it challenging for veterinarians to diagnose.
Léguillette, an associate professor of equine internal medicine and Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, in Alberta, Canada, reviewed tools veterinarians can use to diagnose pulmonary disease in sport horses at the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Nov. 17-21 in San Antonio, Texas. He focused on noninfectious inflammatory conditions but noted the importance of distinguishing between those and infectious conditions in daily practice.
Respiratory issues are some of the most frequently diagnosed conditions in sport horses evaluated for poor performance, he said, and one of the leading causes of training
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